FAQ Cork Flooring

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Question 1: How come your prices are so much cheaper than your competitors’?

You are getting the benefits of a true factory outlet pricing.


Question 2: Why should I choose a floating floor? What are the benefits?
  1. Ease of installation
  2. Excellent for use in a basement
  3. It installs right over the concrete slab
  4. It does not require a sub-floor, nor underlay
  5. Can be installed directly over laminates or linoleum flooring
  6. It is the best option when laying flooring over in-floor radiant heating
  7. Less fuss than using cork tiles below-grade levels


Question 3: Why should I choose cork-based flooring?

  1. Cork floors are as durable are longer wearing than other flooring products
  2. They are a produced from a natural product
  3. Environmentally friendly
  4. Cork is produced from a truly renewable resource – peeling the bark from the cork oak does not harm the tree
  5. Cork is hypo-allergenic
  6. Resistant to molds and insects
  7. Insulates against heat, cold, and sound


Question 4: Can cork flooring be installed in the kitchen or the bathroom?

Answer: Kitchens are one of the most common rooms for cork flooring installations. since Cork is comfortable, warm, and cushiony underfoot. If the floor below is cold, cork won’t conduct the chill through to your toes. it’s also nice in the bathroom. And unlike ceramic tile and hardwood, cork has sound-dampening qualities.
We recommend you install cork glue-down tile in washrooms and kitchen areas because cork glue-down tile is 100% water proof. Water spills do not harm cork flooring. They simply wipe up.
Although we have a lot of customers who are in stall cork floating floor in their half washroom, we will not recommend install floating flooring in the full bathroom. We use HDF with moisture resistant E1 class in the middle, floating floor is still not as water resistant as our cork glue-down tiles. Because it is so easy to install our uniclc cork flooring, many of our customers use cork floating flooring in their kitchens.
It is recommended that you apply two to four applications of polyurethane to all cork flooring, especially you install the cork floating floor in kitchen. This will seal all seams, provide a waterproof coating, help prevent scoffing and denting, and extend the life of your cork floor.
For installation matters, the cork floating flooring is a DIY product, but you can do the glue down tile by yourself if the subfloor is in good condition.


Question 5: How durable is cork?

Cork is an extremely durable product but like all surfaces it can be show wear. With proper care, a cork floor can provide you with a beautiful floor for years. Many of our customers are pet owners and have never had any problems with claw marks. To further protect your investment you can simply apply additional coats of our polyurethane sealant. If you are concerned about durability we suggest you order some of our free samples and put them to the test.


Question 6: Will my floating floor sound hollow when I walk on it?

Cork is a natural sound absorber. It will not sound hollow when you walk on it. Both our glue down tiles and our floating floors are perfect for homes with cathedral ceilings. You may also install our cork underlay to further reduce sound levels in your home.


Question 7: Is cork a good solution for my busy family?

For a busy family, we recommend some extra TLC for your floors. We recommend 2-3 additional coats of our polyurethane sealant after you have installed your floor. This will protect your floors and keep top surface scratches from penetrating to the cork layer below. Once completed, this extra treatment will insure your floors stay beautiful for years to come.


Question 8: What’s the difference between you cork products and your competitors’?

Our finishing! All of our flooring products are finished with three layers of water based polyurethane varnish that is imported from Germany. This water based polyurethane provides a clear finish and does not produce an odor.

You can refinish your floors any time you feel the need. Should your cork floor ever start to look its age, you can always reapply our polyurethane varnish to re-establish your floor’s natural beauty. Water based polyurethanes leave a smaller ecological foot print when compared to the oil based.


Question 9: Is natural cork flooring a healthier alternative to other flooring?

Natural cork flooring is a great alternative for allergy suffers since dust, mold and insects are unable to establish themselves as they do in carpet. Those of us who suffer from knee, back and/or joint pain, find the combination of our cork flooring coupled with our cork underlay a great alternative to standing on cold tile or linoleum. Parents with small children find extra peace of mind in cork’s anti-mold and anti-mildew properties. Seniors, or anyone at risk for falls, are find comfort in knowing that cork floors offer a level of safety that other hard flooring products can not offer. Cork flooring may make the difference between a small bump or serious injury.


Question 10: Why do I need to put a polyurethane finish on my floating floor?

We recommend you apply 2-4 applications of our polyurethane to all our cork floors. This seals all seams, provides a waterproof coating and helps prevent scuffing or denting. It also extends the life of your cork floor. Should your floor become heavily scratched or damaged, you can always restore it through refinishing - just as you would a hard wood floor.

Always use a water based polyurethane versus a solvent or oil based product. Water based polyurethane is free of noxious odors, dries faster and will not discolor over time.


Question 11: Will my pets damage the cork floors?

We have yet to hear any follow-up complaints from our clients! All of our cork products are finished with three coats of high-quality water based polyurethane.

Good maintenance and a polyurethane finish will help prevent scratching.


Question 12: Will cork flooring resist heavy furniture or high heels?

Cork flooring is produced in a density high enough to withstand heavy traffic and weight. One of the characteristics of cork is that it has a "memory" and therefore recovers well from compression - very much like a wine cork expands after being pulled out of a bottle. A polyurethane surface finish further protects the cork and allows for easy maintenance. Over time, heavy furniture will leave an indentation in your cork floor. So we recommend that you use a floor protecting pad which will disperse the weight and prevent indentations. Like any floor, cork can be punctured by sharp objects and damaged by the rough finish of furniture feet. Nevertheless, just like other flooring materials, we recommend the use of protective pads under furniture legs.

Most shoes will not damage cork flooring but stiletto heels may leave an indentation. We recommend that you remove any pointy heeled shoes.


Question 13: Are cork floors affected by moisture and temperature changes?

Just like wood, cork floors are subject to expansion and contraction due to climate. During hot seasons, moisture is lost and the tiles may contract slightly showing seam lines. When moisture levels increase, the tiles will expand.

As a rule, cork flooring is more stable than wood flooring because when wood expands, it does so only in the direction of the grain. With cork, the expansion and contraction process is dispersed in all directions. With proper acclimatization, installation and maintenance, any expansion and contraction will not be noticeable.


Question 14: Can you install a cork floor over radiant heat?

Yes. Forna Cork Floating Flooring and Cork Glue-Down Tiles are suitable for use with in-floor heating.

To Install Forna Cork Floating Flooring over a radiant heating system, certain precautions need to be taken to minimize the contraction and expansion. Prior to installation, the slab needs to be heated and maintained at desired room temperature for 48 to 72 hours with the flooring in the room to acclimatize. You will need to leave the radiant heat ON for 24 hours AFTER installation is complete.

Installing radiant heat poses no problem. The cork floor may take slightly longer to warm up but it means the floor will then retain the heat longer. This makes the cork floor more energy efficient.

It should be pointed out that the flooring installed over in floor heating might gain moisture or dry out faster. Use of a humidifier is suggested.

If Install Forna cork glue-down tile over a radiant heating system, the Wakol W3540 Cork Flooring Adhesive is recommended


Question 15: Is cork underlay a good choice for soundproofing?

Absolutely! Our 5mm cork is widely used for sound reduction in buildings. It is a very economical and effective way to meet building codes for sound control. Cork underlay can be used under tile, marble, laminate, cork and hardwood floors. For rooms with high ceilings, cork flooring with cork underlay is a perfect choice to eliminate the echoing quality that hardwood flooring creates.


Question 16: Can I wax my floor?

Not with our iCork Floors products. Because we finish our products with 3 layers of high quality water-based polyurethane varnish, there is no need to wax. If you feel you wish to pep up the look of your cork floor, simply apply another layer or two of a water-based polyurethane varnish and watch your original factory finish come back.


Question 17: How to move heavy objects (fridge or stove) over your flooring?

If possible, you should lift and place your object into its new location. If this is not an option for you, simply lay down a hard surface, such as plywood, to create a path to the new location. You will want to make sure the plywood is large enough to disperse the weight of the object. You may also want to place a moving blanket under the plywood to prevent any it from leaving scratches.


Question 18: Are cork floors new; or have they been around and I just haven't heard about them?

Cork floors have been used since the early 20th century. The Japanese and Europeans are particularly familiar with cork flooring. More recently cork floors have become very popular in North America and Australia and are now being sold around the world.


Question 19: Will my dogs damage a cork floor?

Dogs have the potential to damage the finish of any wood floor - cork included. Most damage to any wood floor is to the finish. It is rare for dogs to cause damage to the cork itself. The main culprits are medium sized, high energy dogs. There are three main factors in determining the chances of damage: the dogs’ weight Length of the claws Amount of damage causing activity - such as jumping, spinning, running, digging, etc. The best thing you can do for your floor’s finish is to trim their claws every 7-10 days (3-4 trims per month).


Question 20: Can we install a cork floor in the basement?

We recommend that you install a iCork floating floor in your basement. This can be done with a few minor precautions. Due to the risk of moisture migration from the concrete slab, a floating floor should be placed over a moisture barrier. This will provide you with trouble-free flooring.

If you wish to use glue down cork tiles in your basement, you can do so but we would recommend that you first place a moisture barrier over the concrete slab and on top of this barrier you install plywood sub-floor. You then glue the cork tiles to the sub-floor.


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