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Very excited to see Natural Cork’s newest line of cork flooring planks – Cork Canvas. These large format tiles look like stone but offer the comfort and warmth of cork. They are created with state of the art high definition optics.
The tiles or planks are 17.5″ x 23.81″ and 10.5 mm thick. They feature a ‘drop and lock’ installation, which requires no glue or nails, just click and float! With a square edge, the floor is perfectly smooth – yep, no grout lines – which translates into easy to clean!
Cork Canvas is available in 4 different colors or patterns. There are 20 unique tiles in each color to create a natural random look.
Cork flooring offers excellent thermal and acoustical properties. It is very durable with a lifetime warranty for residential installations! Visit Southwest Green Building Center to touch and see this terrific flooring option. www.swgbc.com. 505-821-6259
- What is currently on the floor?
- If you are replacing an existing hard surface flooring, floating floor planks can simply float directly on your existing floor if it is well secured and flat. In fact, if you have very old synthetic tile – they could contain asbestos and it’s best just left in place and covered.
- Do you have a worn, ugly wood floor – or is there an old wood floor under the carpet ? Perhaps just a good sanding and recoat is all you need. Remember to use less toxic, healthier stains and finishes – yes, we offer those!
- What is the substrate the flooring be installed on top of?
- Concrete slabs are most common here in New Mexico at ground level. If your concrete slab is in good shape you can simply etch, stain and seal. If it needs repair, spread a concrete micro-topping before staining and sealing. If you prefer not to live on a hard and chilly floor, woods, bamboo, natural linoleum (marmoleum) and corks are available that just ‘float’ – no glue or nails required. Several styles have a built-in underlayment - the woods will require an additional underlayment – we like 1/8″ cork.
- Some solid woods can be glued directly to concrete.
- Tile can be installed directly on concrete, but again is hard and cold.
- If you have in-floor radiant heat a floating floor can work great but some certainly work better than others in conducting heat and/or performance.
- Plywood or particle board is another common floor substrate. Most all flooring choices can be either glued, nailed or floated on this substrate.
- Will you hire somebody to install your floor or Do-It-Yourself?
- Some flooring materials are best installed by a professional. For instance, sheet marmoleum requires special skills, tools and knowledge of the material.
- Gluing and/or nailing a wood floor also requires a skill level and the appropriate tools.
- Drop-n-Lock or click panels are the easiest to install or the least expensive labor.
- There are lots of great videos online to help instruct you along the way. Rent or borrow the tools you may need.
- How will the room or space be used?
- Consider how much use and what kind of use you expect the floor to manage. For instance, cork is a wonderful choice for kitchens and bedrooms where we spend lots of time on our feet and/or barefoot, but may not be a great choice for a mudroom.
- If you are hiring a contractor, have them look at the job prior to ordering materials, they can help determine the correct amount of material to order and explain exactly what will be required to get the best install. We can recommend an installer that is experienced with our flooring if you like.
- The flooring you choose most likely needs to be ordered and shipped to the store. Allow for 10 days to 2 weeks for the product to arrive at the store.
- Flooring products require time to acclimate in your home before installation. Solid woods can take up to 3 weeks while engineered woods, cork and marmoleum only about 3 days.
- Assure your floor or substrate is level enough – some filling and sanding may be required before installation.
- What about the baseboards? Can they be re-used?
- Pre-finished materials can be lived on immediately, while refinishing a wood floor or staining and finishing a concrete floor will take more time. The finishes need to dry and cure before moving back into the room.
- Most all hard surface flooring manufacturers will require and/or suggest a humidifier – keeping the humidity to between 30% and 50%. In reality most of us do not run a humidifier and most floors do okay without them, however it may invalidate your warranty.
- Keep the floors swept – dust underfoot acts as sandpaper, wearing your floor.
- Damp mop as necessary.
- Use the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner. Usually a good, PH Neutral cleaner will work. Always test a small spot if unsure.
- Manufacturers also may have their own polish. These are applied as necessary to renew the luster of the floor.
Southwest Green Building Center would like to help you choose a beautiful floor! We will make sure you leave with installation and maintenance instructions! Do it right the first time for a healthy floor that will last a lifetime!
Keeping it Non-Toxic, Gorgeous and Affordable with Marmoleum from Forbo Industries.
Marmoleum – Natural Linoleum - ”The most natural of materials” “Life-cycle analysis shows that our linoleum products are the ecologically preferred floor covering. Linoleum is produced from renewable materials: linseed oil, rosins, wood flour, jute and ecologically responsible pigments. These materials underlie the charm that gives each design its inimitable, distinguished look.” from http://www.forbo-flooring.us/Environment/Our-environmental-promise/
Marmoleum is Asthma & Allergy Certified – the components in the materials are naturally anti-microbial – making this an extremely healthy flooring material. Available in both sheet goods and click planks in 1′ x 3′ and 1′ x 1′ – perfect for patterns. So many fun and fantastic colors too!
Keeping it Non-toxic, gorgeous and affordable at Southwest Green Building Center with US Floors.
US Floors - “USFloors Natural Bamboo, Natural Cork and Natural Lino products all satisfy LEED credits for Indoor Air Quality AND meet the European E0 Standard, a strict test that measures the amount of formaldehyde in a product. Formaldehyde is found in the glues and adhesives used to make bamboo and cork floors, but USFloors specifies low formladehyde content in all of its Natural Bamboo and Natural Cork floors to exceed health standards established in the United States, Europe, and Japan. 100% formaldehyde-free products are our ultimate goal. In addition, HDF core boards used for our floors have no added formaldehyde.” from http://www.usfloorsllc.com/why-natural-cork/eco-mission/
Navarre Wood Floors – “Lyon” – 5/8″ x 12″ x 86 5/8″ – FSC Engineered - Natural Oil Finish - $5.19/sq. ft. till gone.
Engineered Drop & Lock Strandwoven Bamboo – Spice, Tiger or Natural – 3/8″ x 3-3/4″ x 36″
Special – $3.59/sq. ft.
These photos were taken at my sister’s home. She installed over 1000 square feet last year and loves it. Removing the carpet and installing this flooring created an entirely new look and clean feel in her home. It is wearing incredibly well – no scuffs or marks!
US Floors offers hundreds of patterns in cork flooring. These floors offer comfort and beauty for the life of your home. Great in the kitchen where you spend most time on your feet. Everyday pricing ranges from $3.89 – $6.69/sq. ft.
This discontinued style is $3.29/sq. ft. while it lasts!
Stop in today!
Southwest Green Building Center is proud to be one of the first elite dealers displaying the newest cork flooring collection from Natural Cork – “New Earth”. This new style features beveled edges in a 4-1/8”” wide plank. This makes for a semi-wood look with the comfort, style and affordability of cork.
The planks click together to create a floating floor. That means you will not need any adhesives, nails or staples. Many homeowners find they can install floating cork flooring themselves, but if you are hiring an installer, expect to pay about $2.25/sq. ft. for installation.
The “New Earth” style is available in 10 rich colors with a cost of $4.99/sq. ft. A great value considering the many benefits listed below:
- Naturally mold, mildew, fire and pest resistance
- Resilient and comfortable underfoot – great for kitchens
- Cork is a rapidly renewable resource
- Finished with Endura AR UV-cured finish – scratch resistant
- Easy to clean
- GREENGIARD Children & Schools IAQ certified
- Durable – will last the life of your home!
- Great thermal and acoustical properties
Stop in Southwest Green Building Center today to see the “New Earth” collection and all of the Natural Cork collections. Visit www.naturalcork.com for more information.