Cork Flooring Perth

  • Installation - Repairs - Resurfacing - Sanding - Sealing
  • We specialize ONLY in traditional, glued down cork floor tiles, simply because we believe you can't beat the timeless quality of traditional cork tiles
  • Your beautiful new cork floor fully installed from start to finish
  • Owner operator with over 25 years in the Perth Cork Flooring business
  • We know everything there is to know about cork, because cork is ALL we do, and have done for over 25 years!
  • Not sure which type or colour cork floor tiles to choose? No problem, we will bring samples to your home AND give you a completely OBLIGATION FREE MEASURE & QUOTE!
  • Best of all, all our work is of the highest quality...happy customers we have served for over 25 years have told us so! We guarantee you will be delighted with your new floor!

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Campbell Cork Floors uses MJO Cork tiles, regarded as the world’s best cork tiles. Read how these wonderful tiles are made:

 

How are Cork Tiles made?

The manufacturing of cork floor tiles is both traditional and labour intensive. MJO floor tiles are manufactured in the following way.

  Get the Raw Materials
The waste of the wine bottle stopper production is dried and ground into granules of varying sizes. These granules are then sorted by size and dried again to the desired moisture content.
  Make the Slurry
After selecting the desired proportions of each granule size, the cork granules are mixed into a wet slurry with a curing resin. This curing resin includes extracts from the cashew tree and is used to bind the cork granules together in the baking process. The slurry is then poured into large steel moulds ready for baking.
  Set the Density
The lids of the steel moulds are pressed down and locked in place once the desired density is reached. Obviously the more the cork slurry is compressed; the higher the density of the finished product. The moulds are now ready for the kiln.
  Baking the Cork
The moulds are sent to the kilns for baking. The baking process allows the resin to set and bind the cork granules together. This process also determines the finished shade or colour of the cork tile. The longer the cork is baked, the darker the final colour! This also serves to explain the natural shade variation between cork tiles, as cork on the outside of the mould is subjected to greater heat than the cork in the middle of the mould, therefore being darker.

After the baking process, the cork blocks are removed from the moulds and, whilst hot, sliced up into the desired sheet thicknesses.

  Acclimatising the Sheets
The sheets are cooled off after being sliced and allowed to acclimatise and stabilise for a two week period.
  The Famous Ground Edge
After acclimatisation, the sheets are cut slightly larger than their finished tile size and sanded flat on one side to achieve their desired thickness. These tiles are then finished off with the world famous MJO ground edge technology. Grinding the edges of each tile ensures a smooth, almost seamless join once the tiles are installed.
  The Shade Selection Process
Each and every MJO floor tile is hand sorted for colour to minimise colour variation within each batch. The sorted tiles are then wrapped in plastic and boxed ready for transit.

MJO Cork Tiles are regarded as the world’s best cork tiles. Constant attention to quality ensures that their position as Australia’s favourite cork tile will be maintained well into the future!

Cork flooring is a lovely, resilient and environmentally sound flooring option. It is often cheaper than equally sustainable bamboo, and comparable in price to traditional hardwood and can be as easy to install. It is highly scratch resistant – more so than other natural flooring options, and tends to be better at absorbing impact and sound. Cork is also extremely resistant to mold, mildew and naturally flame retardant.

Cork comes in a wide variety of colors, styles and methods of installation. Because it is made from grinding the bark of the cork oak, cork lacks any grain to match up in the installation process. It comes in planks or as tiles, similar in size and shape to ceramic tiles. You can find glue-down flooring, interlocking (glue-less) or floating.

In general cork flooring that comes in the interlocking design is as easy to install as traditional hardwood flooring. Sub-floors should be dry, fairly level and debris-free. Poor preparation of the sub-floor is one of the reasons for later problems with a cork floor. If you must use a leveling compound, be sure to let it dry completely before installing your floor. It is best to avoid placing cork floor in basements or other areas prone to a lot of dampness as this can cause some swelling of seams. The sub-floor can be of any normal sub-flooring material and cork usually doesn’t require an underlayment beyond a simple vapor barrier. This can be in the form of a plastic sheet.

Most cork comes finished or unfinished and either option is acceptable. If you choose to finish your cork floor at home, you will be pleased with the results. Cork is highly porous, so be prepared to put several coats of urethane down.

Just as with hardwood, wet mopping is not recommended as it may cause the seams to swell. Sometimes cork will react to changes in humidity and heat and does tend to yellow somewhat with age. Heavy furniture may dent your floor, so be sure to use a good quality furniture pad and limit objects that may fall and dent your floor.

To begin installation, the sub-floor must be properly prepared, leveled, moisture-free and cured in order for good adhesion. Thoroughly clean the surface to ensure all paint, wax and grit has been removed. If you are not using a sub-floor, but putting your floor over a pre-existing wood floor, use a paint or varnish removed and scrub with tri-sodium phosphate. In most cases a sanding machine will not be necessary. Allow the floor to thoroughly dry before continuing. It would be wise to allow the cork product to remain open in the room where they are to be installed for at least 48 hours, although some manufacturers recommend up to four days. Keep the humidity levels fairly low and maintain a moderate (60 – 70 degrees F) temperature.

Level your floor and fill all cracks, then sand to a uniform roughness (this encourages proper bonding). A concrete floor will need to be leveled with latex fill which will require priming with a standard concrete primer. If you are installing on a smooth surface, such a vinyl, you must create a rough surface for good bonding. Check that you sub-floors are in good condition. If you desire to lay a plywood covering down, securely anchor the plywood to prevent poor floor performance. Any kind of bumps or seams will show through your tiles once they set.

Once this is done and allowed to cure, usually requiring a day, you are ready to begin laying the cork. Follow the manufacturer’s laying instructions for application of adhesives and be certain you are using the proper adhesives and trowel sizes. This step ensures you are applying the proper amount.

If you are laying tile or panels that require adhesive, lay out your pattern and chalk your lines, then apply adhesive using a paintbrush. Click together tiles will not generally require the pattern to be placed and chalked. Allow the adhesive to dry to a clear, tacky finish before continuing. Carefully roll tiles using a standard 100 or 150 pound tile roller. It is also possible to ensure positive contact using a mallet, although too much force will dent your flooring. If you make a mistake, you can peel the tile back up, carefully, but it will instantly grab to the adhesive. Roll at least four times in each direction, cleaning excess adhesive with a damp cloth as you go. Once the adhesive has dried, you will need to use mineral spirits to clean the adhesive from your tiles. Use a sharp utility knife to cut your tiles.

Restrict traffic in this area for at least 24 hours (or more depending upon the adhesive you have used). You may use a urethane or flooring wax immediately following installation on tiles that are not pre-finished.

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Cork flooring will provide many positive outcomes for years to come. Being an eco friendly surface you will be not only be saving yourself money but will also be helping the environment. Easy to maintain, cork flooring will lessen the work you need to do in order to keep a clean home while providing you with a pain free surface to stand on. Also with many options concerning style you will be able to personalize your flooring to match your décor and taste.

As the growing trend of “going green” catches on you can take comfort in knowing that you will be doing no harm to the environment by purchasing cork flooring. Made from the bark of cork oak trees from across Europe it is a sustainable resource. What this means is that when the bark is harvested there is no damage done to the tree and the bark will actually grow back after about 10 years. Cork is a natural insulator of sound and temperature thus lowering your heating cost by holding in heat. You will be able to comfortably walk barefoot on your floors in the winter as the cork stays warm underfoot. Cork also provides an anti slip and anti static surface. Being a material that cushions well it can be an advantageous in relieving back and leg pain because the kitchen is the room where we do most of our work standing up. This type of flooring is great for someone who does a lot of cooking or baking.

Ideal for the busy home owner, cork flooring is easy to maintain and does not need a lot of attention. Regular sweeping and a damp mop, as needed, will keep your floors in top condition. Harsh chemicals are unnecessary and only a mild detergent is needed to remove any build up that may have occurred between cleanings. Due to its natural makeup cork is a repellent of mold and mildew making it another reason why it works well in the kitchen where one would want things to be kept as clean as possible. A downfall is the fact that it can fade when placed in areas with heavy sunlight. This problem could be handled by the use of window treatments or the strategic placement of furniture. This is something to think about.

Cork flooring manufactures are doing all they can to provide consumers with a wide range of options. Cork can be purchased in two forms, planks or tiles. The colors can range from the natural light brown color all the way to deep blues and greens. This is achieved by the use of dyes and by the length of time the bark is baked in an oven. Patterns are also available and some business even offer blank patterns to choose from where you can then decide which colors you would like to use in them. So whatever your furniture cabinets or walls look like you’re almost sure to find a style that suits your needs.

Think it’s time to learn more about cork flooring? Then come on over to the CorkFlooringPros website today, where you can review more information on cork flooring, cork flooring installation guides and cork flooring repair guides.

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Cork Flooring Is Safe For The Environment

Cork Flooring is becoming a major environmentally safe and green way to cover your floors. Comprised of millions of air-filled cells, corks absorbs sound, impact, stays warm and always remains resilient.

Cork for flooring is harvested from a cork oak tree. This is not like when hardwood floors are made because the cork tree is not cut down to produce the flooring. The cork from the cork tree is harvested every nine years. The back of the tree is stripped off of the tree and this is what is used to make the flooring. In turn the tree is not killed and the forest is unharmed. Cork flooring is a major environmental choice.

 

Campbell Cork Floors has been serving the Western Australia area for over 25 years. We can meet all of your flooring needs. Call Brian today to get a free quote.