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Self-Adhesive Cork Tiles – Pros and Cons

January 8 2019

Self-Adhesive Cork Tiles

Cork is a natural, renewable, sustainable substance, great for flooring, and a wide variety of projects around the house. Self-adhesive cork tiles can be used anywhere indoors and easily cut with a Stanley knife.

It is important to properly prepare the surface before attaching the tiles by ensuring that the surface is clean, dry, grease-free, and primed with a good cork primer. Be sure to use a primer, not a sealer to prepare the surface.

At Hanover Supply we recommend that you test a small, prepared area to make sure that you will get adequate adhesion. Using a heavy roller on the tiles helps. If required, apply a top coat like acrylic or polyurethane being sure to carefully follow instructions.

Pros of Cork Flooring

Self-adhesive cork tiles are:

Hypoallergenic – it resists mildew and mold and contains natural anti-microbial properties that resist dirt, dust mites, and dander better than many types of flooring. When purchasing cork look for brands with the FloorScore or GreenGuard Gold certifications if you are concerned about air quality in your home.

Easy to maintain – though not maintenance-free, once sealed these floors hold up well for years. Clean up liquid as soon as possible and for daily cleaning use a static dust broom or vacuum with a bare floor setting. Avoid oil-based soaps, using products made specifically for cleaning cork floors. Along with being the best supplier of tools in NJ, we also have some great cork cleaning products.

Durable – cork is good with everyday wear, better than carpet or hardwood, but it is susceptible to dents so use coasters under furniture and shift periodically to prevent your cork floor from sagging.

Soft to walk on – because it contains 40 million air-filled cells per cubic centimeter that are shock absorbent and give cork floors a springy feel that flexes and springs back to shape. It helps back pain because it relieves pressure on joints as you walk. It also is easy to stand on.

Holds the heat – because it is a natural insulator. The cellular structure of self-adhesive cork tiles maintain the temperature of a room, dispersing it evenly. In colder climates cork flooring helps you to save on energy costs.

Naturally dampens sound – because cork has a thick spongy composition that absorbs vibrations and traps sound lowering the volume of voices and footsteps to acceptable levels.

Is a sustainable flooring – because it is the bark of the cork oak tree, (aka Quercus Suber) that is harvested after which it regenerates itself living up to two centuries. Trees are allowed to grow with being harvested until they are 20 years old and are then harvested every 9 years after the first harvest. Great care is taken during harvesting not to damage the tree.

Can be sanded and re-stained – if it is solid cork use a palm sander and fine grit paper, then re-stain. If floor is cork veneer or composite do not sand it. Instead buff away scratches and return your floor to its natural beauty using thick wax and a floor buffer.

Cons of Cork Flooring

Self-adhesive cork tiles may not be right for your home if you have heavy traffic through your home and multiple pets.

Cork flooring is susceptible to damage because it is a soft material and, if not properly padded, furniture legs and high heels can cause damage as can small dirt particles. It is also susceptible to water damage if not sealed properly. Self-adhesive cork tiles can fade if exposed to direct sunlight day after day, but this can be prevented with curtains or blinds.

Depending on your life style, self-adhesive cork tiles can be the right choice for you especially if you have allergies and require good air quality in your home. Adopting soft footwear while indoors will help maintain your cork floors.

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