The cork bark is stripped from the tree trunks every 9-10 years. The tree continues to grow and grows more bark back over time, making the cork base material extremely sustainable due to the fact that the trees are not damaged (nor are they cut down) during harvesting of the cork planks. In fact, a healthy tree can provide raw material for hundreds of years, based on a 9-10 year harvesting cycle, making it extremely rapidly renewable, and effectively self-propagating.
This heavily protected species has tremendous natural properties found in the cellular structure of the bark. Pockets of air (200 million cells per cubic inch) inhibit the passage of sound, moisture, or gases, and act as a thermal insulator, trapping body heat underfoot. In addition, cork is anti-microbial, has tremendous “bounce-back” properties and forgiveness, and offers one of the greatest slip resistances of any natural material.
- The proprietary ‘Ceramic’ finish provides much greater wear resistance (5 times) than standard cork tiles and planks, which in turn decreases ‘wear’ and the need for professional maintenance and refinishing (though refinishing still can be done).
- Organic wax coating applied to all sides of the tongue and groove (T&G) for added moisture resilience
- Cork planks help absorb sound, both in between adjacent rooms and between floors within a structure (adding a degree of sound dampening if the existing structure falls short)
- Cork is warm to the touch unlike other flooring products (it is actually a known ’natural’ thermal insulator, used extensively with refrigeration prior to the development of Styrofoam)
- Impact forgiveness – being relatively soft (yet extremely resilient), cork is great on joints (such as knees), and when breakable objects are dropped, they are much more likely to bounce than break.
- Offers tremendous slip-resistance
- Made with low-toxicity adhesives that won’t bring toxins into the home
- Core material in planks is CARB-compliant (E0) for improved indoor air quality