Cork is made from ground up outer bark of the Cork Oak. It is considered an environmentally friendly product. Cork Oak has two layers of bark, the 2nd outer layer is for protection and can be removed without harming the tree. The inside layer becomes the outer layer and is then removed in the next harvest. Many other trees will die if their bark is removed. The Cork Oak should not be confused with the “cork trees“. The Cork Oak is the only one used for the production of cork.
There are many types of vinyl flooring tile with many different prices and qualities. In this article we will discuss some of the properties of different vinyl flooring tile, evaluate the costs of different brands and make some recommendations for your next vinyl flooring tile project.
Self Stick Tiles
For the average do-it-yourself person, we recommend using self stick, peel and stick vinyl flooring tiles. They come in a variety of thicknesses ranging from .045 to .125 inches thick. The thicker the tile, the higher the quality and the stronger they will be.
Carry, do not drag the furniture to be placed in the rooms with your bamboo flooring. Make sure to place felt or rubber pads beneath each furniture or chair leg. This will protect the floor from scratches when moving furniture, and from dents caused by the weight of your furniture. Replace these pads periodically. Wheels should have a hard plastic caster of at least 2” in width to prevent damage from occurring.
High Traffic Areas
Floors located over an unheated crawl space or unheated garage need to be insulated to prevent loss of heat from the house. The higher cost of energy in today’s economy makes adding insulation in these areas cost effective. These spaces will often have no finished ceiling on the floor underside; in these cases, some form of support will have to be added for the insulation materials.
Staining maple flooring is one of the hardest methods in which to achieve uniform coloring. The extremely tight cellular structure and inconsistent grain patterns inherent in maple floor planks make uneven staining and a “blotchy” appearance commonplace. In fact the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association does not recommend staining or bleaching of maple flooring under any circumstance.