Do you need a floor that’s not only easy to fit and hardwearing but also ticks all the sustainability boxes? The Colour Flooring Company says its Corka takes cork flooring to a new level of technical excellence. ‘The range includes the only waterproof click-plank system on the market as well as a cork herringbone and Corka Format – a bespoke service which allows you to order tiles in the size, veneer, and colour of your own choosing,’ says the company.
It continues: ‘One reason architects love to use Corka is because it can significantly contribute to BREEAM certification, LEED credits and other measures of environmental sustainability. It’s the recipient of multiple environmental awards including the prestigious Blue Angel certificate.’
In addition, Corka is said to be carbon negative – it actually removes more carbon from the atmosphere than is used in its manufacture. Says the company: ‘It’s made using the bark of the cork oak, an evergreen which grows up to 20m high and lives for up to 200 years. The bark has a honeycomb cell structure and is a natural fire retardant with exceptional insulating properties. No trees are cut down during harvesting. The process requires great expertise (it’s the highest paid job in Portuguese agriculture) and involves carving the bark off once every nine years. The first harvest takes place only 25 years after planting.’
The company continues: ‘All our cork comes from a 700,000-hectare forested ecosystem in southern Portugal known as the Montado, whose trees are protected by law. These forests make a significant contribution to reducing global warming, capturing an estimated 5% of the country’s annual CO2 emissions, or 4.8m tons per year.’
Corka is rated Class 33 for commercial use (ISO 10874). Says The Colour Flooring Company: ‘Unlike other cork planks on the market, our floating planks contain no HDF – just 100% cork in several layers including a natural veneer, a rigid core, and an integrated cork underlay.
‘This flooring fits on top of existing floors with minimum subfloor preparation. It comes pre-finished with a durable coating and is made with a universal locking system so clicks into place – no need for glue in most settings. Our parquet and bespoke format tiles are fitted as glue-downs and can be bought pre-finished or finished onsite.’
The company is launching Corka Format at the Surface Design Show from stand 271. ‘Come down and see how this fully customisable range works. With Corka Format you can create your own unique floor to suit any project. First choose your tile shape. We have five different options – including classic tiles, on-trend parquet, oversized squares, and wide planks. Then pick a colour. We have a palette of 31 different options to choose from. Finally, select a veneer. We have 18 different finishes available in everything from natural cork patterning to modern linear designs and classic block motifs. This really is a floor you can call your own.’