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Welcome to APC Cork. We are one of the leading providers of cork in North America. APC Cork's, cork flooring has become very popular with institutional as well as home owners. It provides a look that is unique an evironmentally safe alternate to other flooring products.
APC Cork's, cork flooring uses the material extracted from the bark of the cork oak tree, which only grows in the forests of Mediterranean countries. The largest concentration of cork flooring plantations are found in Spain and Portugal.
The bark, which becomes the cork flooring, was designed by Mother Nature to protect the tree during its average 500-year lifespan. Not only is the bark inherently fire resistant to temperature changes prevailing in those regions, to more than 38 species of insects, including the termite, and to the development of microbes.
It is important to note that only the bark is peeled off to be used for cork flooring every decade. The tree itself is never felled. The bark is a vegetal tissue made by an agglomeration of dead cells filled with air and lined with alternating layers of cellulose and waxy substance called suberin.
Hence the cork oak tree scientific name: Quercus Suber.
By using cork, we keep the forest alive and the habitat undisturbed.
100% Natural Cork on Surface & Bottom Layer
High Density (HDF) 6mm or Center Layer
36â€ x 12â€ approx. (900 mm x 300 mm)
7/16â€ approx. (11mm)
Surface Layer Thickness:
32 lbs. per carton
21 sq. ft./ 7 planks
3 Coats Flexible Acrylic Matte Varnish
Because 90% of the tissue consists of gaseous matter the density of cork is extremely low giving the materials wonderful insulating properties, thermal as well as acoustical.
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.
The presence of suberin, an inherent waxy substance, renders cork impervious to both liquid and gases. As a result, it does not and may therefore be considered the best seal available.
Cork does not absorb dust and consequently does not cause allergies.
Cork is remarkably resistant to wear, as it is less affected by the impact and friction than other hard surfaces because of the cellular composition.
A natural fire retardant, cork does not spread flames and does not release toxic gases during combustion.
Cork waste from the stopper industry (wine corks) and low quality bark are used to produce cork granules. These are classified according to density and grain sizes.
Flooring tiles are produced from cork granules bound with resins and molded to obtain the desired density under pressure and heat.
Cork wear layers can be waxed, varnished, urethane or acrylic coated.
This past decade the floating floor technology has been successfully adapted to cork flooring to produce one of the highest quality floor covering.
Cork flooring parquets and floating floors are quiet, warm, comfortable and easy to maintain, still remaining reasonably priced.
Cork flooring has been used around the world and in this country for over a century.
Yesterdayâ€™s prestigious applications include:
The First Congregational Church in Chicago, Illinois - Installed in 1890
The Mayo Clinic & Plummer Building â€“ Installed in original building in 1912
adding some additional cork flooring in 1940 for a total of 300,000 sq. ft.
Falling Water, Western PA, residence designed with cork floors by architect
Frank Lloyd Wright in 1937 â€¦..just to name a few
Cork flooring is coming back strongly as architect and designers are very enthusiastic about the distinctive look of the material, the need for better indoor air quality and overall comfort as well as related environmental issues.
Cork underlayment, a lower density material is becoming more and more accepted as an economical and well performing alternative for sound insulation in building construction.
Cork composition material in rolls or sheets is also the ideal underlayment for laminate flooring as it absorbs sound and provides resiliency.
Cork, a unique material, combines more benefits than any other floor covering.
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