Harvested from the cork oak tree (Quercus Suber) in Portugal and Spain, cork is stripped from the trunks of trees every nine years, and the trees live for about 100 years. Not only is cork a recycleable, anti-allergenic & resistant to insects, but the low amount of energy expended during its manufacturing process keeps the total amount of energy used in production lower than that for any other resilient or laminate flooring.
Nova Cork, a leading manufacturer of cork flooring products, takes it one step further by recycling 100% of their manufacturing by-products. Their dedication to protecting the environment using renewable resources to manufacture cork floors provide a unique sustainable flooring option. Available through Entero Design.
Cork flooring is made from the waste of the cork wine-stopper industry. Bottle stopper “corks” are punched from the best material in the slabs. The remaining scraps are molded and baked in specialized ovens. This process enables production of cork underlayment, cork planks, cork tiles and cork sheets. There is practically no waste from the harvesting of the raw material to the manufacture of flooring.
- Durable. When the cork is subjected to strong pressure the cork immediately recovers back from indentation.
- Anti-static, Hypo-allergic. Cork floors do not absorb dust and because of that the maintenance of cork floors are easy and, therefore, do not cause allergies or create a risk to people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory diseases.
- Low Conductivity. Cork is a perfect sound and thermal insulator in homes for perfect comfort and warmth. Fire Retardant. Cork is a natural fire inhibitor and will not spread flame.