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APC Cork is one of the leading providers of cork in North America. APC Cork's cork flooring has become very popular with institutions as well as homeowners. It provides a look that is unique: an environmentally 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 is 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. The bark is inherently resistant to fire, 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.
Cork flooring has so many natural benefits it's hard to deny that it is a more-than-suitable alternative to traditional flooring. From its soundproofing qualities to its earth preserving harvesting, it absolutely seems to be one of the top choices in eco-friendly flooring that you can find.
Durable and Easy to Maintain
APC Cork Floors come with three coats of a durable UV cured acrylic matte and/or gloss finish. This coats stops spills and stains from permeating the cork. Only sweeping and damp mopping are required for regular maintenance.
Thermally and Acoustically Insulated
The presence in cork of over 100 million air cells per cubic inch and the prism shape of that cellular structure incapacitate the effects of temperature and sound. Cork floors reduce impact noise, a great asset for applications such as multi-level housing, office spaces, museums and places of worship.
Antimicrobial and Insect Repellent
Even termites are unwelcome. Suberin, the inherent substance of cork is a natural insect repellent. Cork is also antimicrobial and fights the development of mildew. What a perfect indoor crawling ground for children! If you suffer from allergies and like the warm feeling of carpeted room, this is definitely your best alternative.
Cork has been used by the flooring industry since the turn of the 20th century. Like all products, technology has advanced giving you more durability along with modern patterns and colors for today’s homes.