Updated: Feb 19, 2019
HydroCork flooring is an underrated choice when it comes to flooring. HydroCork flooring has many positive benefits and is even good for the environment.
With a myriad of flooring types available, shoppers tend to lean toward those that are the most popular at the time. Unfortunately, this practice can cause consumers to miss out on some great flooring options.
One hidden gem is HydroCork flooring. HydroCork flooring is attractive, comfortable, environmentally friendly, durable and affordable. When most people think of cork, they think of a wine bottle or a cork board, causing cork to be commonly overlooked as a flooring option. To appreciate this material, it is essential to understand its unique characteristics. HydoCork uses the benefits of cork while incorporating a top layer with striking resemblance to real timber with a rich, varying grain. It also comes in many different patterns and colours. Hydrocork is a low thickness floating solution, with a core-board made of composite cork that can be placed in any indoor space without boundaries. Ideal for new homes and renovations, Hydrocork is 100% waterproof, incredibly stable, durable, an excellent noise barrier and thermal insulator - all due to the inherent and unmatched properties of cork.
Cork is the bark of the cork oak tree found in the Mediterranean. Portugal is the largest supplier with over 30% of the world’s cork trees and 70% of the world’s cork production. Every nine years, the bark is harvested by hand with the average tree yielding about 4000 corks.
The bark is honeycomb in nature, containing 90% air that can be compressed to 40% and then quickly returned to its original shape. This feature creates a natural shock absorber.
The Various Benefits of Cork Flooring
HydroCork flooring offers several outstanding benefits to homeowners looking for something new and exciting. One major benefit to most homeowners is the durability of Hydrocork flooring. Even high heels and shifting around furniture won’t do any damage. HydroCork flooring tiles are protected with a strong environmentally friendly top layer which resembles timber. When cork is subjected to pressure, the gas in the cells is compressed and volume reduces considerably. When released from pressure, cork recovers very rapidly to its original shape. In addition, cork is remarkably resistant to wear, as it is less affected by impact and friction than other hard surfaces because of its cellular composition.
Another great attribute of Hydrocork flooring is that natural cork is a fire inhibitor and won’t spread flames. Cork also does not release any toxic gases on combustion. Furthermore, cork is antimicrobial and insect repellent.
A huge asset of Hydrocork flooring is the ease of maintenance. Waxing is no longer needed – sweeping and mopping will be the usual maintenance. As a result, your floor will last for several decades. Hydrocork has a lifetime guarantee in residential environments and a 15 year guarantee in commercial.
Due to its air-like composition, walking on Hydrocork is like walking on air. Its comfortable walking surface is perfect for kitchens when you are standing for lengthy periods of time.
The same feature that makes the floor comfortable creates a natural noise reducer. It’s extremely quiet to walk on and reduces the impact if an object is dropped on its surface. Its insulating effect makes Hydrocork a great choice in a bathroom over radiant floor heating or even installed over cold concrete floors.
HydroCork is an environmentally friendly product in many ways. Since the bark from the tree grows back nine years after harvest, it’s a reusable and sustainable product. It also contains suberin, a substance that is resistant to insects, mold and protects cork from rotting when exposed to moisture. Suberin is naturally fire resistant and cork doesn’t release any toxic gases when it burns.
The durability of HydroCork makes it a perfect choice for virtually any room in the house, including those high traffic areas. Cork flooring been successfully used in churches and other public buildings since 1898.
Some Disadvantages of Cork Flooring
Even though there are many benefits to having cork flooring, there are a few drawbacks. However, there are many solutions to these issues. For example, due to its resilience, heavy furniture can dent cork flooring, so the durable top layer is in place to prevent this.
What to Spend and How to Maintain Cork Flooring
The cost of cork flooring compares to high-end laminate or hardwood flooring. Every store is different, but cork flooring generally costs around $90 - $110 per square meter, With it's easy to install clip together system and no need to glue or nail this product down it is an easy install for even a beginner DIYer. No specialized tools required either, simply use a box cutter (or a drop saw if you have one) and a rubber mallet. It's no wonder the HydroCork flooring is becoming a popular choice with homeowners looking to save some money at the end of the house build or renovation by eliminating install costs.
As previously mentioned, Hydrocork floors are extremely easy to maintain with regular sweeping or vacuuming. It is necessary to use a damp mop on the floor monthly with a mild detergent and very little water. In addition, avoid using abrasive or ammonia-based cleaning products.
Cork flooring doesn't require sealing and if in the rare event that a plank is damaged or destroyed, simply pull it up and clip in another.....we recommend you keep a few spares in the shed for repairs, replacements or extensions.
The Tile Shed is one of the only distributors in the Hawkes Bay region. Our friendly team can advise you on the best choice for your space and even give you a quick instillation tutorial. View the HydroCork range at our showroom at 201a Southland Road, Hastings or view online here. You will be pleased you did!