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Product Review: Globus Cork Flooring

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011

Globus Cork FloorsAre you ready to replace a floor and need something that is durable, warm, beautiful, and eco-friendly? If so, you need to consider cork—and Globus Cork is a great place to look.

Of course, our first image when we hear the term cork is likely a champagne cork popping on New Year's eve, but this remarkable raw material has numerous applications, and has had for centuries, including flooring. Globus Cork also offers its products in a wide array of colors, styles, and designs.

First and foremost, cork is one of the most sustainable, eco-friendly flooring products out there. The raw material comes from a particular type of oak tree that is found predominately in countries near the Mediterranean Sea, including Portugal and Spain, among others. The cork is harvested by expertly trained workers, using hand tools, who carefully remove the thick outer layer of the tree's bark—the portion closest to the tree is what we would recognize as cork.

The tree then, in a most starfish-like fashion, regrows its bark and can be harvested again and again about every nine years over the life of the tree (which can be as much as 200 years). To make it even better, cork flooring products are actually made from the "scrap" bark that is left over from wine stopper production, so environmentally speaking, cork is the standard.

From a usability standpoint, cork can be used in just about any room in your house or office. Globus Cork has a huge selection of styles and different choices for installation. They do recommend the glue-down tile installation for rooms that are likely to see a good deal of moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms. This is due to the fact that the floating floor pieces are actually made up of layers, one of which is the fiberboard core.

This core is not moisture-resistant, as cork naturally is, and can swell if left wet. Cork is incredibly durable and can handle a great deal of foot traffic. It's springy, bounce-back nature not only allows it to handle tough treatment, but also makes it comfortable to walk on, warm, and impact and sound-resistant.

Globus Cork has also laid out the red carpet — er, cork — for us in terms of design and style choices. They offer not only natural, neutral colors, but they also have a line of "stained" cork that is available in just about every color from royal blue to burnt orange. So definitely give cork a glance. You'll be glad you did.