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The benefits of cork floors

by Darren
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New cork flooring range that highlights all the benefits of this unique floor type.

Wicanders cork floors, renowned for their continuous development of state-of-the-art and eco-friendly solutions for cork covering, is available from Tile Africa Commercial.

“Known to give the ultimate comfort, Wicanders cork floors are a game changer in the décor industry as they offer warmth, a low-noise finish and sustainability”, says Vaughn Dyssel, Tile Africa Commercial Sales Manager.
The cork used in Wicanders comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. Through the use of innovative Corktech technology, the cork can be made into quality products which offer elasticity, resistance, low weight and are impermeable to liquids and gases. Cork, which is recognised as a renewable resource, is ideal for green building trends – which aim to protect natural resources – while offering the best in floor and wall coverings.

Wicanders is manufactured using the finest cork in such a way that provides the most noise reduction along with comfortable and warm flooring. This is done through Corktech, a multilayered structure of natural cork. The different layers in the Wicanders range include a protective wear layer which is comfortable for people to walk on. The decorative material is also perfect to suit any style and design.

Cork’s elasticity renders it safe to pressure, meaning that the floor will not be damaged should something fall on it. “Tests show that Wicanders cork floors have the highest shock-absorbing performance,” says Vaughn.

Cork products truly stand out by offering the ultimate comfort. The biggest factor in the cork evolution is wellness. The various layers in a cork floor create flexibility which accommodates comfortable walking, relaxation and enjoyment. “It creates energy that moves upward towards our muscles and tendons, causing them to vibrate, which reduces heel impact while offering stability,” explains Vaughn.

The combination of various layers of cork helps with noise reduction as cork has an impact-sound-reduction reinforcement. Cork is a natural sound absorber and it prevents noise from penetrating to other rooms making it ideal for residential areas.

Another benefit of having cork flooring is its ability to retain heat and provide warmth. This energy-saving flooring material is great for keeping an area warm in all seasons. The Wicanders range maintains its floor temperature and in turn creates a warm, comfortable environment.

Wicanders embraces nature and promotes the protection of the environment. Cork is sustainable and is harvested without harming the trees. Cork is intermittently removed from the trees, harvested by hand. “Regular extraction of cork is a fundamental contribution to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the rural areas in which it is farmed,” says Vaughn.

The development of Corktech has made it possible for cork to be used in various industries ranging from the interior of motor vehicles, space shuttles and even sportswear. The beauty, comfort and durability offered by cork flooring have made it suitable for places such as hotels, homes, hospitals as well as tourist attraction areas. “As the latest trend used in decorative and design industry, cork items enhance spaces and offer a healthier environment,” concludes Vaughn. “Customers are guaranteed added value, highest-quality flooring and walling from natural material which is available in different patterns, textures and colours to suit their style and needs.”

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