Installing Cork Floors Over Radiant Heating Systems | iFLOOR
Many people are not familiar with the benefits of having cork flooring in their home. With an increased interest in environmentally friendly products for homes, we have seen the demand for cork flooring also increase. Only the bark is taken from the cork tree, about once in every 10 years. The cork is primarily used to make stoppers for wine bottles, and the byproduct is then used to make flooring. Many of our customers value the fact that cork trees live and continue to produce bark for centuries, so no trees die to make this great flooring material available.
Cork flooring is very comfortable, and modern manufacturing practices make it tougher than ever before. The original cork flooring was available in tiles or sheets, but it is now available in planks with beveled edges. Cork is a natural insulator, and this quality is responsible for the high comfort factor valued by our customers. A cork floor in the kitchen can reduce the feeling of fatigue some people experience when they stand or walk as they cook. A cork floor in the bath provides a comfortable surface for bare feet, even during the coldest months.
Our store offers cork flooring in a wide range of designs that will match the taste of nearly any customer. We offer discount cork flooring in designs that range from a solid palate to patterns that imitate wood flooring. Some of our customers choose cork flooring because they suffer from allergies, and the hypoallergenic quality of cork meets their needs. The cost of our discount cork flooring compares favorably to the cost of discount hardwood flooring.
We have seen no problems with installing cork floors over radiant heating systems. Because of the natural insulating properties of cork, the floor may take somewhat longer to heat, but it also retains heat longer. Floors that are installed over radiant heating systems need to be floating floors, and cork flooring easily meets this requirement.