Technical specie specifications for Cork from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.
- Scientific Name, Other Names: Cork Oak, Quercus Suber
- Description: Cork is a natural product from the bark of cork oak trees. It is green, just like bamboo, in that it will grow back quickly after being harvested. Managed harvesting does no damage to the trees. Due to its unique structure, cork provides excellent thermal insulation and sound reduction, is soft to the touch and is water resistant. The product has strong elastic properties making it a lower-impact flooring option.
- Janka Hardness: 0 pounds
- Strength (MOR): 0 psi
- Stiffness (MOE): 0 1000 psi
- Density (KG/m3): 0
- Tangential Shrinkage: 0.0 %
- Radial Shrinkage: 0.0 %
- About: Natural Cork is still harvested by hand in the traditional method leaving the habitat intact and with minimal impact on the overall environment. Cork flooring is created from the post-industrial by-product of the bottle-stopper industry. New finishing techniques and improved technologies have revived interest in Cork flooring over the past decade. Many people think of Cork as a relatively new and possibly unreliable option particularly as a surface flooring flooring material. And yet, there are examples of Cork floors in public buildings that were installed over 100-years ago and are still in use today. The Library of Congress in Washington, DC is one excellent case.
- Family: Fagaceae
- Tree Characteristics: The Cork Oak tree can grow up to 20 meters (65 feet).
- Geographic Area: Cork oak forests are found in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and northern Africa.
- Photosensitivity: Just like other wood products, Cork will fade over time when exposed to sunlight.
- Luster: Natural Cork has a low luster. Cork flooring can be finished to yield a matte, satin, or semi-gloss sheen.
- Texture: Cork flooring is made by grinding the by-product of the bottle-stopper industry which is formed into sheets using minimal amounts of adhesive to bind the particles together under high pressure. The texture of the Cork flooring is determined by the size, quantity, and type of Cork used in this process.
- Drying Characteristics:
- Working Characteristics: Cork is easy to work with.
- Durability Rating: Cork is impervious to water due to the interconnected nature of its "honeycombed" and airtight cells. The product is naturally resistant to insect attack and fire when untreated.
- Applications: In addition to Cork Flooring, Cork has been most widely used over the centuries as a stopper for bottling due to its water-resistant properties. Other uses include life jackets, buoys, gaskets, flooring, sound dampening products, bulletin boards, paneling, wainscotting, and sub-flooring. Please note, Cork Flooring is sold in boxes and must be purchased in full boxes.
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