Ashburn Carpets supply and fit the following Siesta cork products:
- HD88 - pre-varnished cork tiles
- A-B Cork - unsealed cork tiles
- Contract Unsealed - unsealed high density contract rated cork tiles
- Siesta - pre-waxed cork tiles
- Corkmaster PVC - surfaced cork tiles by Wicanders
- Ambiente - coloured cork tiles
- Acrylicork floor tiles
- Cork wall tiles
- Cork rolls
- Harlequin floor tiles
Where does cork come from ?
Cork tiles are made from the bark of the evergreen cork oak tree. This oak tree is unique due to the fact that its thick bark can be stripped every 9 years or so because the tree has the ability to re-grow its bark. Cork trees grow for around 200 years. The cork forest of Portugal and Spain enhance the environment provinding an eco culture of special flora and fauna including nests for the rare Imperial Eagle.
When the life of a cork product is finished it breaks down into the soil - just like wood does.
How are cork flooring tiles made ?
Cork flooring tiles are made by granulating the cork bark into small pieces then adding an adhesive binder, compressing in a mould which is then fired in a kiln to produce cork blocks from which the flooring cork tiles are cut. The cork blocks are made from different densities, qualities and size of cork granules depending on the end product required.
Cork flooring tiles have a density of around 450 kilos per cubic metre for domestic use and 500 kilos per cubic metre for contract flooring use. All the cork flooring products we supply are regulated by the UK Cork Industry Federation.
Where can I use cork flooring tiles ?
The cork flooring tiles that we supply and fit give a warm, durable and practical floorcovering with excellent insulation against heat loss and sound, being ideal for apartments and flats. Cork flooring tiles 8mm thick virtually eliminate footfall sound to a residence below on a tipycal solid concrete floor. Even cork flooring tiles 3.2 mm thick virtually eliminate heat loss through a concrete floor.
Ideal uses are in bathrooms and kitchens which give a practical and natural floor where wood floors are not relly suitable. If installed correctly, a cork flooring does not move or shrink as wood flooring does.
Many people who have some respiratory and allergy problems enjoy the benefits of cork flooring in many rooms of their house particularly the bedroom and bathroom where our waxed surface cork flooring tiles are ideal. A cork flooring with waxed surface gives an extra wark feel and is also extra anti slip.
How does cork flooring wear ?
Wearabilty depends entirely on the surface seal - not on the tile thickness. Good quality cork flooring will help to achieve a good seal. The surface needs to be maintained to keep it dirt and water resistant. Heavier wear areas such as kitchens may need an additional coat of varnish after 2 or 3 years, but it will depend entirely on usage of the area. This may never be needed in a bathroom or bedroom area after installing a properly sealed cork flooring. We also supply cork flooring tiles with clear PVC surface that will last a decade or more even in heavy wear areas such as kitchens, an ideal floorcovering, available in a large range of colours too.
Can I use cork flooring with undefloor heating ?
Cork flooring tiles are ideal and very effective to use over underfloor heated areas.
Which type of cork flooring should I use ?
Ashburn Carpets supply and fit a complete range of cork floor tiles in domestic and contract density, with varnish finish, PVC surface or unsealed to be sealed when laid.
We supply thicker cork flooring tiles for extra resilience and heat and sound insulation. When the surface has become worn, the cork flooring can be sanded to breathe new life into your floor.
The seal on our varnished tiles is formulated so that an additional coat of varnish, if required, can be applied soon after laying. This gives a homogenous sealed surface, with extra wear and in the degree of shine you want - matt, satin or high gloss.
Using diluted water based paint, you can colour tint unsealed tiles to give colour and design to suit your room, then seal with clear varnish after laying.