Cork floor tiles: product selection by characteristics

Installing floor tiles made from cork oak bark is a budget and sustainable flooring option. The material is used in premises for various purposes and is easy to install. However, there are disadvantages of this coating, which are also worth paying attention to before going to the store.

Advantages, disadvantages, and unique features of the material

Cork floor tiles are a floor covering made from a natural layer of cork oak bark (Latin Quércus súber), which is processed using special equipment. This tile is an environmentally friendly product, since it does not contain toxic additives and can be used in residential or commercial and office premises.

Main advantages:
– environmental friendliness
– elasticity
– soundproofing (1 cm of coating absorbs up to 50 dB of sound)
– heat preservation (very low thermal conductivity)
– presentable and stylish appearance of the coating
– ease of installation
– ease of care.
Cork floors have a number of advantages over other materials, which is why they are in great demand today. With the use of modern technologies, the service life of cork tiles is at least 10 years.
Many are interested in whether it is possible to lay tiles in a bathroom and rooms with high humidity. The answer is yes. Cork floor tiles are not afraid of moisture, since the material does not swell from excess water, and in case of flooding by neighbors, the material will not suffer at all. In addition, it is not slippery, so it is convenient to get out of the bath or shower.

Product selection by type and characteristics

Before purchasing a product, you first need to decide on the type of cork. Most often, the following varieties of this coating are on sale today:
Adhesive coating – the elements of the glue plug are well glued to each other, due to which the quality of the installation is increased. For the production of glue cork, the bark of the cork tree is used, which is processed. After that, it is cut into sheets of various sizes and impregnations are applied to them, giving the surface water-repellent and antistatic properties.
The lock flooring is practically the same laminate with the locks snapped in and connected around the perimeter. The lock tile consists of several layers. The lowest layer is formed from pressed oak bark, followed by the classic HDF laminate board, then again a layer of cork and on top is a decorative layer of a thin layer of oak bark.
All these options differ from each other in appearance, as well as in cost. In addition, in order to choose the best option, you need to decide on the expected load on the floor.

Another nuance that you should pay attention to is the thickness of the product. Today there is a large selection of cork floors available in thicknesses ranging from 2 to 12 millimeters. The thickness of the tiles corresponds fairly closely to the load on the coating. That is, thinner products are more susceptible to external influences.
By and large, cork floor tiles are widely used for decorative flooring. An impressive selection of colors and design options for tiles brings a unique aesthetics and comfort to the overall style. In addition, the dense cork structure with low thermal conductivity makes it possible to reduce the costs of floor heating, which is especially important in the cold season.

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