Cork is a completely natural material that's warm, quiet, and gentle on your body. Before mentioning how beautiful her kitchen now looks, our very first cork customer called to tell us how easily she and her husband pass the time in their kitchen with this softer substitute to ceramic tiling. Cork is also a renewable, carefully protected resource that produces no waste. And it’s as easy to install as laminate or any other engineered product.
Vida Cork Planks come prefinished with a tough UV-cured hardwax-oil finish that has a natural, satin appearance. Most cork floors are coated with a plastic finish that begins with a high gloss and ages ungracefully. We’re fans of this finish on Vida Cork because it can last a lifetime and saves the need for expensive and intrusive renovationit is easily rejuvenated with a dabble of Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner and a swipe of a cloth. In cases of more heavier damage, the finish can actually be spot-repaired with Osmo Polyx-Oil.
Vida planks come in several different colors and patterns. Please note: Click planks are not recommended for damp & steamy rooms such as full bathroom. In full bathroom use Vida Tiles for a glue-down installation that’s finished on sight with Osmo Polyx-Oil.
We also carry the line of Oporto Cork Planks from Design Materials Inc. Please inquire at our store to see samples. DMI colors and specifications can also be found online.
“Cork flooring is made from bark of the cork oak tree, Quercus suber. Cork harvesting is a good example of sustainable production, having survived and thrived over many generations in Portugal, Spain and nearby Mediterranean countries. The market for cork provides an incentive to keep forest cover on arid land, preventing 5-1/2 million acres from turning to desert. In Portugal, the largest producer of cork, it is illegal to cut down these trees. Harvesting schedules are set by law to ensure that trees have nine years to regenerate. Producers strip the thick bark in long, wide slabs. They stamp out wine corks first, then grind the scraps and press them back together to make flooring.”