Where does it come from?
Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree (Quercus suber) which gets harvested once the tree has matured 25yrs. This process occurs every 9 years which leaves the tree undamaged and able to regrow new bark. These trees primarily grow in countries that run along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, where there’s plenty of sunshine, low rainfall and high humidity. The countries that produce the most cork include Portugal, Algeria, Spain, Morocco, France, Italy and Tunisia.
Why is it green?
There is a saying in the Mediterranean “Whoever cares for their grandchildren, plants a cork oak”. They have such an important role for nature and people in these areas, often being referred to as the lungs of the environment as well as an essential part of the economy that they are protected by law. This amazing tree has a plethora of environmental benefits! Harvesting cork bark assists in the absorption of CO2 (a greenhouse gas that causes climate change), the bark regenerates itself and is harvested without the need to cut it down so it is not damaging the actual tree, as well as cork forests are home to 135 plant species and 42 bird species, many of which are endangered, therefore deforestation does not affect these plants and creatures as it would with other trees.
What are the benefits of using cork flooring?
–Acoustics: Cork is an extremely efficient natural sound absorber because its cells work as an acoustic insulator.
–Saves on energy bills: studies have shown that cork is able to retain heat much more efficiently than wood, vinyl or ceramic, ultimately acting as a heat insulator saving on heating costs.
–Comfort: one of the best things about this material is that it has a softer surface than other flooring options. Because of this, cork is popular in rooms where you will be standing for long periods of time, such as kitchens. Cork flooring can also absorb the impact of our heel with the floor. These vibrations, with time, hurt our feet, legs, lower and upper back, creating an excess of tension.
–Impact resistance: Cork´s elasticity and compressibility allows it to adapt to pressure. Studies have shown cork floors have the highest shock absorbing performance. When an object accidentally falls on a cork floor it absorbs the impact maintaining its resistance at the same time. This results in a very robust flooring with a long life span.
Wicanders is more than just a beautiful floor
Over the years, Wicanders has developed floor and wall coverings with exclusive properties due to its innovative Cork Inside technology. By using a unique engineered multilayer structure, which combines state of the art technology with the exclusive natural properties of cork, a higher standard in flooring was achieved, providing the perfect match between beauty, comfort and durability. Wicanders floors are available with different decorative materials protected by the upmost resistant finishings. The uniqueness of Wicanders was achieved by using a prime quality core layer of cork, which provides superior comfort, noise reduction and warmth. An integrated cork underlay reinforces thermal and acoustic properties, resulting in a silent environment and important energy cost savings.