How durable is cork flooring?

Earlier, we wrote a blog ‘What is cork flooring‘. In it, we described the pros and cons of cork flooring, the marks of quality and how we use cork in our flooring. What has not yet been covered is the question: ‘How durable is cork flooring?’

 

Almost every company claims that cork flooring is durable. But is this really the case? These days, there is more Greenwashing than ever before. In this blog, we set out whether a cork floor meets sustainability marks as Duracryl likes to see them.

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Is cork a durable material for flooring?

Basically, cork is a natural product, where the ‘harvesting’ does not need to have a negative impact on nature and the environment.

 

However, this does not mean that all cork flooring is by definition ‘sustainable’. In fact, there are many more steps that go by before a material is converted into flooring. During these steps, different actions are taken. Including, for example, transport and installation.

 

These steps are regularly omitted when describing the sustainability of a product. Here, terms like “Cradle-to-Cate” are used. For many people an unknown term, but nevertheless an important one. This is because it refers to the product that has been produced, but is still in the factory. So still far from a cork floor. It is also important to include installation and recycling when determining sustainability.

How durable is cork flooring when adhesives are needed?

Adhesives are used to install a large amount of cork floors. Sounds logical, right? But if you expect a truly durable floor, this can be a disappointment. We would like to explain why this is the case. The use of adhesives when laying floors has a negative impact on the recyclability of cork.

 

If the cork floor is mechanically removed from the subfloor, chances are that this material will be contaminated by the adhesive that was used. This makes it impossible or difficult to recycle.

 

Often resulting in the ‘sustainable’ material being incinerated.

 

Check the percentage of cork in the floor

There is a wide range of different cork floors on the market. Since sustainability is a hot topic, this term is often (mis)used. Therefore, when looking for a cork floor, it is important to look carefully at the actual percentage of cork contained in the floor.

 

This is because cork can easily be used in combination with toxic materials, which largely or completely removes its durability.

Installation is key to sustainability

The installation of a cork floor is essential for its level of durability. As mentioned earlier, a floor can be as durable as it is in the factory, but this is worth nothing if installation and transport negate it.

Besides the use of glue, there are a number of other factors that go into the durability of a cork floor. These include the cutting loss and the amount of cork needed to create a floor.

A large proportion of cork floors are not installed seamlessly. This always means a cutting loss, making precious materials unusable. Because of this, we prefer liquid floors that are laid seamlessly.

Liquid floors are not only more durable, as they are realised without any cutting loss. They also do not require large quantities of material. For example, Corques is only 2 – 2.5 mm thick, whereas alternatives are way thicker.

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Choose for climate positve 'cork' flooring!

Corques liquid lino, is a linoleum that consists of a pure blend of natural materials like linseed oil, vegetable oil, cork and mineral fillers. Corques is one of our poured floor coverings, contributes to a positive climate with a real negative carbon footprint of -7,7 kg/m2. Genuine climate positive without using compensating programs. It is the product that counts!

Unfortunately, not all cork floors are durable. Yet manufacturers often give the idea that they are. In this blog, we set out which factors are essential for the durability of a (cork) floor.

Without a doubt, this is the Corques liquid lino. This floor contributes to a positive climate with a real negative carbon footprint of -7,7 kg/m2. Genuine climate positive without using compensating programs.

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