What makes rubber and cork flooring in South Arica multi-functional floor types?
For many years people have opted for this multi-functional type of flooring because of its durability and its easy maintenance and upkeep. It holds commercial appeal because it can be used in sport facilities, healthcare settings and playgrounds, to name a few.
Rubber flooring has been found to be a great fit for high-traffic areas. It has a lifespan of more than 15 years, however, if looked after properly, it could last for much longer. Maintenance is also largely reduced as it is dirt-repellent, stain- and chemical-resistant, making it easy to clean.
It also offers a sound-absorbing flooring solution. This means footsteps will be almost entirely silent. It is also a great solution when installed between floors in buildings as it acts as a sound barrier. It is also possible to install rubber flooring under wood so as to provide additional cushioning and effective sound reduction.
It acts as an ideal shock absorber, ideal for basketball courts, playgrounds and running tracks because of its resilience and softness, as the surface will cushion the impact of falls.
Commercial flooring applications have grown in interest as green living appears to be making cork a more popular choice for residential living in the US. From harvest to installation, cork flooring is very environmentally sustainable, non-toxic and healthy.
Unlike traditional wood flooring, the entire tree is not cut down to harvest it; only the outside is removed. Harvesting does not harm the tree and a new layer of cork grows back, making it a renewable source. During manufacturing, all raw materials are consumed, either for the finished flooring product or as an energy source.
It is also antimicrobial and not easily affected by mould or mildew, making it ideal for people with allergies. The insulation properties of cork flooring help contribute to energy efficiency, with experts adding that even a cork underlayment will provide significant insulation in the cold months.
It is considered a natural sound insulation as it absorbs sound and, due to its elastic nature and miniature-cell composition, is a very durable flooring material. Cork has a unique cellular Structure with millions of cells enclosed within a gaseous medium, providing a comfortable cushioned surface that gives a soft feeling to the feet and joints of people walking and standing on cork floors for extended periods. It also has a long lifespan and can be repaired if damaged, and provides an anti-static surface.
Acknowledgement and thanks are given to the following websites for the information contained in this article: www.Lifeofanarchitect.com/cork-flooring-a-modern-floor-choice; and www.floorworx.co.za