- Q:Why use cork?
- A:Cork provides the most functional, beautiful flooring available that combines functionality, ease of maintenance, beauty, and environmental sensitivity together.
- Q:Is cork durable?
- A:If properly maintained, cork flooring can last for over 80 years, even under high traffic.
- Q:Why is cork durable?
- A:Cork flooring can be purchased with factory applied polyurethane or wax finishes which are extremely durable and resistant to scratches and gouges.
Because of cork′s natural resilience, it tends to give if materials are dropped or moved across it, whereas, hard flooring surfaces will scratch or gouge.
Cork flooring is extremely dense and is resistant to many chemicals that can degrade floor materials.
- Q:Is it easy to maintain?
- A:Regular damp mopping with a well wrung out mop and mild soap (Ivory Liquid) is all that is necessary to maintain your cork floor. Cork is not easily stained, therefore; it does not require scrubbing or use of harsh cleaners.
- Q:Can cork be refinished?
- A:Both waxed and polyurethane finished tiles can be refinished many times during the life of the floor.
Any experienced homeowner or hardwood flooring Refinisher/Installer can refinish cork.
- Q:CHow long does the finish last?
- A:The life of the finish directly relates to the care given to the floor. Polyurethane finish can last up to 10 years in a residential installation if properly maintained.
Polyurethane is an extremely durable surface; however, it will wear if gravel and dirt is not regularly cleaned from the floor.
Wax is also a very durable finish, however, it does require periodical paste wax application and buffing. Paste wax application every 12 months is typical for properly maintained residential installations.
- Q:How is cork installed?
- A:Cork is installed onto a smooth level sub-floor using a water based, zero VOC adhesive. This is an easy to use, one application, trowel on adhesive. (After the tiles are laid, they must be rolled with a 100 lb., 12 inch wide roller.)
The cork floor will be ready for regular use 72 hours after installation.
- Q:What type of sub-floor is required?
- A:Above grade - Concrete or plywood.
Cork should not be installed below grade unless sub-floor moisture emission is less than 3 lbs./1000 ft./24 hours.
Cork floors should not be laid over flooring surfaces including hardwood, vinyl, carpet, stone, and ceramic tile.
- Q:How are cork flooring tile shades achieved?
- A:Core Flooring tiles are shaded through a unique baking process. No dyes or stains are used. Darker shades are baked for longer periods of time and at higher temperatures than the light shades.
- Q:Will cork flooring tile shades fade?
- A:The shades will lighten slightly over a period of years. The original shade can be brought back by sanding and refinishing the cork tiles. Cork tiles and other flooring surfaces should be protected from UV-Rays using a window treatment.
Renaissance Flooring customers in Arizona have been extremely pleased with the numerous cork flooring installations we have completed. Please contact us if you would like more information about cork flooring.