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Species:
Cork
Product ID:
AFCOL06
Series :
Olympians
Construction :
Engineered
Finish :
satin
Color :
earth
Grade :
Top Quality
Width :
approx. 12" (300mm)
Length :
approx. 36"(900mm)
Carton Quantity :
21.00 sf/crtn
Price :
$6.89 SF
Installation Type :
Uniclic Floating Glueless
Manufacturer :
APC
Warranty :

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.


Material: 100% Natural Cork on Surface & Bottom Layer
High Density (HDF) 6mm or Center Layer
Installation: 36” x 12” approx. (900 mm x 300 mm)
Total Thickness: 7/16” approx. (11mm)
Surface Layer Thickness: 3.2mm
Weight: 32 lbs. per carton
Carton: 21 sq. ft./ 7 planks
Surface Finish: 3 Coats Flexible Acrylic Matte Varnish


 

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Recommendations
   
  Do not install cork floors in humid room spaces such as bathrooms, saunas and laundry rooms
  Always leave a gap of approximately 3/8” between the edges of the flooring and perimeter walls to allow for possible expansion and movement
  If the room in which the panels are to be installed has under floor heating, the surface must not exceed a temperature of 82 degrees. Under floor heating can lead to the formation of cracks in the cork during long heating periods
INSULATION
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.

RESILENCY
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.

IMPERMEABILITY
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.

HYPOALLERGENIC
Cork does not absorb dust and consequently does not cause allergies.

DURABILITY
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.

FIRE RETARDENT
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.

Yesterday’s prestigious applications include:
The First Congregational Church in Chicago, Illinois - Installed in 1890
The Mayo Clinic & Plummer Building – 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 …..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.
Surface Preparation:
Should the floor surface require leveling, use a quick drying leveling plaster.
  Cement or cement-derivative floors should be made impermeable with 0.2mm thick polyethylene film in order to protect the panels from sub-floor moisture.
  Cork panels may be laid directly on top of PVC, linoleum, agglomerates or carpets.
  After laying on the polyethylene film, we recommend the use of a cork underlayer, available in rolls and with a minimum thickness of 2mm in order to improve the sound insulation. When fitting the underlayer, take care that the joins do not coincide with the joins of the polyethylene film.
  The laying of the prefabricated cork panels is so easy that one almost regrets when the job is finished!
  You will also need a hammer, set square, saw, carpenter’s gauge, wooden wedges and a wooden batten, plus a chisel.
Installation
Plan the installation before beginning to lay the panels; measure the room/space in which the panels are to be installed. Normally the last row of panels has to be cut longitudinally to adjust the panels to remaining space. If the last row turns our to be very narrow, the first row should also be cut to match the dimensions of the panels in the last row.
  Leave a space of approximately 3/8” (expansion space) between the panels and perimeter walls or around obstacles (columns and pillars) Use wooden wedges.
  If a wall is not straight use a ruler. The first three rows should be laid using a ruler.
  Begin fitting the panels from left to right, so that the “male” ridges of the first panel faces the wall. Do not forget to place wedges between the wall and the panels.
  Now insert the “male” ridge of the next panels into the “female” groove in the first panel at a slight angle and press lightly on the “females” side (Fig. 4) Now close the join between the transerval edges and grooves using a suitable piece of wood and mallet
  To make the join for the last panel in the row use a push bar. Do not forget to insert the wedge between the panel and the wall on the left-side
  Begin the ensuing rows with the rest of the last panel of the previous row (length of at least 11.8”). First fit the panel lengthwise and then make the join by hammering gently with a mallet and wood on the female side. Then make the join on the the transerval sides, once again using the mallet.
  The last row is attached to the preceding row with the aid of the pull bar. Do not forget to leave an expansion space of approximately 3/8”.
  If you use a ruler, remove it after laying 3 or 4 rows and pull the panels together in the direction of the wall.
  Remove the wooden wedges and attach quarter round, which should completely cover the space left for the expansion of the panels
  Once the panels have been installed, it is possible to walk on the floor covering immediately. This is one of the advantages of the speedy system.
Maintenance and Cleaning:
Clean regularly with a vacuum cleaner or with a mop or damp cloth. If necessary, use mild detergent.
  Never use water directly on the cork floor covering.
  Protect floor covering from chairs and other pieces of furniture by using felt on the feet.