Introduction to Cork + Bamboo

If you want to know about cork and bamboo flooring, welcome.

Maybe you’ve never heard of cork and bamboo flooring and just clicked here out of curiosity.

The distinctive patterns, colors, and textures of USFloors' Natural Cork are amazingly original and colorful. This company offers the largest selection of cork floors available to homeowners, interior designers, and decorators. Beauty and performance combine to provide benefits that are hard to compete with. Natural Cork flooring is resilient, warm, and comfortable underfoot; it is also moisture-resistant, anti-microbial, will not spread flame, and is inherently resistant to molds, mildews, and common pests such as termites. Cleanups are a breeze and maintenance is the same as traditional hardwood flooring. Cork floors additionally have inherent thermal and acoustical insulation properties to help keep noise down and reduce power consumption. Since cork is a renewable natural material, and only the bark is harvested without harming either the trees or their habitat, these are the ultimate in naturally green floors!

Natural Bamboo from USFloors offers the performance attributes and natural aesthetics of hardwood flooring, but with a distinctive look and unique grain pattern seldom found in other wood-type floors. Bamboo is available in a wide array of colors, textures, widths and styling; it is an eco-friendly choice while also receiving extremely high marks for its durability, style, and affordability. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, USFloors works closely with the bamboo plantations to ensure that the plant is harvested from mature stalks 5 ½ to 6 years old. Natural Bamboo floors are finished with multiple coatings of a water-based UV-cured aluminum oxide, free of solvents and harmful VOC’s. Stop by one of our local Peek's Flooring showrooms soon and visit with a knowledgeable consultant; discover the world of cork and bamboo flooring and see if one of these unique products may be perfect to finish that special area of your home.

Cork

  • Better than a renewable resource because it is a harvested resource (only the bark is harvested from the tree)
  • A recycled product because cork floors are made from the waste cork that makes wine stoppers.
  • A law in the 1930’s called “The 9 Year Law” was passed to keep cork from being harvested any sooner than every 9 years. The tree has to reach 60 cm in circumference before it can be harvested. The first harvest from a cork tree can only occur at age 25.
  • The tree is not destroyed or damaged when harvesting cork.
  • To complete the environmentally sound process, water based finishes and adhesives should be used.

Bamboo

  • Bamboo is a rapidly renewing resource that matures in three years.
  • It regenerates without need for replanting.
  • It also requires minimal fertilization or pesticides.
  • The tree is not destroyed or damaged when harvesting cork.
  • There currently is no FSC certified bamboo so it is important to see what you can confirm about the bamboo you are interested in before purchasing.