Natural cork parquet is a relatively new trend in flooring. Cork flooring is slightly more affordable than natural oak, beech, or ash flooring. According to its characteristics, cork parquet is in some ways better than classic wooden parquet, and in some ways worse. In this post, we will consider all the pros and cons of this exotic finish.
The material from which cork parquet is made is the bark of one of the types of oak – the cork oak. The cork oak grows in Italy, Morocco, Algeria, Spain and Portugal. Cork bark is used for a variety of purposes and has recently begun to be used for high-quality flooring, including for parquet.
Cork can be made into several types of cork:
– Adhesive cork parquet
– Click-lock parquet
– Industrial cork coverings
Adhesive parquet is considered to be of the highest quality and have the most natural properties. It consists of pressed tiles with a thickness of 4 to 6 mm. Parquet tiles have two layers. Top layer – natural high quality cork veneer. The bottom layer is made of pressed cork chips. This type of parquet has a good resistance to moisture and temperature changes. Glue parquet is well suited for kitchen, bathroom, hallway, or toilet. Such parquet is attached to a contact adhesive. There is no need to put a substrate under it.
The click-lock parquet is the same in its installation as the laminate that is familiar to everyone. It consists of several layers: Top layer: veneer, Middle layer: HDF and bottom layer: pressed cork chips. The thickness of the cork laminate varies by manufacturer and can be up to 12 mm. The standard parameters of the interlocking cork parquet are 900x300mm. Cork interlocking parquet is fastened in the same way as usual – with a lock. Thus, the installation of cork interlocking parquet is no different from the installation of a conventional laminate.
Industrial cork covering is used in residential and office premises for the purpose of sound and thermal insulation. It is produced in the form of plates or rolls and can be from 2mm to 40 mm thick. The exceptional properties of cork make it an indispensable natural product that creates sound indoor comfort in millions of rooms.