A Comparison of Laminate and Cork Flooring

Homeowners have choices on what type of flooring they want in their homes. Two of the many choices are cork and laminate.  These have both great characteristics that will make a good choice for your homes.

They have several features in common but both have unique differences that you will want to consider.

Let us compare to help you decide which one is the right flooring for your home. 
CORK LAMINATE
Cork flooring comes from bark harvested from cork oak trees. It is a “green” alternative, hypoallergenic and anti-microbial. Laminate flooring is a multi-layered synthetic flooring. It is a cheaper alternative to hardwood floors
Cork is sold in planks and tiles. Laminate comes in planks, but it is available in tiles as well.
Cork is soft and flexible. Although it can suffer from scratch or dent, due to its resilience, the dents most of the time disappear. Laminate is hard and can easily show scratches and dents
You can install cork in a few different ways depending on the style. You can snap it together and lay it on a pad. Laminate is always installed on a floating floor. It requires an underlayment of foam padding.
Depending on the thickness of the cork, you can sand past the sealant to reseal the small imperfections. You cannot sand or refinish laminate. Once suffered from dent, you can only replace laminate not repaired.
Cork usually comes with a 25-year warranty. Laminate has a lifespan of 30 years or more

Know that both cork and laminate are easy to install. You can install it on concrete, tile, vinyl or any existing hard floor surfaces.

There you have it! Those are most of the differences between the cork and laminate flooring. May this be the guide for you to be able to choose the right flooring for your home.

Cork Flooring, Its Characteristics and Maintenance

Cork flooring was popularly used from 1880-1940. As they say, it is legendary, well loved and well known since it is being used for almost two centuries in Europe. Let us discuss cork flooring.

Cork’s Durability

This type of flooring is known for its durability. Once compresses it returns to its original shape. This is because it has a cellular nature that is made of about millions of microscopic air pockets. These air pockets act as natural shock absorbers. Also, cork has a substance that is called Suberin – a waxy substance normally found in most plants. Cork has a lot of this substance that gives a lot of benefits such as – waterproof; fire and insect’s resistance; as well as anti-microbial. Take note that this type of flooring needs to be refinished every 3-7 years.

Resilience

This is one of the characteristics of cork, being resilient – its ability to recover from damage. But don’t get me wrong, it only means that cork is less likely to suffer permanent damage or dents. And when cork dents, it can be ironed out with hot steam – like hot wet towels being applied to the area of a dimple.

Cork flooring has a cushion when you walk and stand on it.  This cushion allows it to sustain foot traffic and the heaviness of furniture legs, taking its original shape after impact. Ideally, good for the kitchen where you stand for long periods of time preparing and cooking food. It also has the added benefits of being an insulator, which is great for noise and temperature control.

Safe

It is anti-microbial, thermally-insulating, made from renewable materials/sources, moisture-resistant, and non-toxic. Also, it is water resistant and naturally fire resistant because it doesn’t release any toxic chemicals or gasses when accidentally burnt.

The Maintenance

Like other types of flooring, cork is easy to clean. It only requires periodic vacuuming and damp mopping. For us to have a better grasp of the proper maintenance, let us enumerate the tips.

  • Always vacuum or sweep the floor weekly. This way it will stay clean and fresh and all the dirt and sand vanish. This is the most vital thing that you can do to help maintain the reliability of a cork floor.
  • Then monthly have your floor damp mop BUT do not use a lot of water
  • Take note that, when moping the floor use a PH-balanced detergent or mild soap to clean the floor to remove the dirt or sand.
  • And always remember DO NOT use harsh cleaners such as oil, abrasives, or ammonia-based cleaning products.  Always check or consult the manufacturer for their approved cleaning products.
  • Lastly, NEVER submerge cork floor in water. When spills happen, wipe them up right away.

Like any other type of flooring, when taken cared of, cork flooring can last for decades, even in areas with continuous activities.

Taozen Flooring: Quality Commitment to Flooring Services

When people are looking for the right company, they look for the ones that provide excellent services and competitive price. People look for a company committed to quality, trusted by many and convenient to contact. The search is the same with flooring services, they search for the best services to be sure that their floors are installed perfectly.

Committed to Flooring Services

Taozen Floor Services is a one-stop shop for hardwood floors and installation. Our dedication is to providing excellent flooring services, this dedication made us one of the most chosen flooring companies in America.

Our goal is to provide word class services, exceptional value, quick & hassle-free results, and end-to-end support. We have a wide range flooring to choose from Hardwood, Bamboo, Engineered, Laminate and Cork. These are world’s leading brands like Armstrong, Appalachian, Bruce, Homerwood, Indusparquet, Teragren, and Kahrs.

A Team of Professionals

Our team of flooring specialists bears out every project with careful detail. We ensure that you obtain the best-looking floors possible. We present a wide range of services from professional installation to sanding, refinishing, and tiles services.

How to Avail our Services

It is easy to avail our services. Check our website – www.taozenflooring.com and search for the flooring services appropriate for you. One of our experts will reach out to you for a quotation for your project. Once the quotation is agreed upon, you can choose your options when to install it in your home or office. We also offer a wide range of financing options from different banks that are pocket-friendly.

The fulfillment of our customers is our number one priority. Our job is to provide our customers with a result that will last a lifetime.