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corked

Over the last year or two, lots of people have tried out cork flooring…or at least have heard about it. By now, there are a number of cork products that are on the market. But like many good things, it’s a product that’s getting better with time. And although it’s more widely available, it’s worth the effort to talk to a flooring specialist if you are considering this product.

rouge did a little investigating last week, because I wanted to recommend it to a client who is turning a single car garage into a tv/family room. I’ve always loved the idea of a cork floor for a lot of reasons, but haven’t personally used the product yet, so I wanted to be absolutely confident in the recommendation.

Especially since the client had already inquired about the possibility of cork flooring for their renovation at a certain “big box” store (that shall remain nameless) and was really discouraged.

The fine folks at Floors Plus Bayers Lake are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. I learned a ton….too much to report here. But I can tell you that I did strongly recommend the following product to my clients.

The Scandia line is the “lowest” product offering from Wicanders (www.wicanders.com), the leading manufacturer of cork flooring. It’s a floating, click-flooring product that comes in planks. Easy to install and easy on the pocketbook at approx $6/ sq ft.

Here are the deets:

Scandia is a cork floating floor solution with a narrower plank of 5 1/2″ wide X 35 5/8″ long with a polyurethane (PU) finish. It’s micro-bevel adds to the character of this great looking floor.

Features and Benefits
Hypo-Allergenic – does not absorb dust
Impact & Step Sound Reduction – creating a quieter home
Warm – natural cork properties reflect your body heat back into your feet
Resilient & Durable – high impact resistance
Sustainable – manufactured from the bark of the cork oak tree
Easy to install and maintain

Recommended Usage
On, above or below grade in all residential environments. When installing below grade be sure to use a moisture vapor barrier.

Care and Maintenance
Scandia is easy to clean and maintain. A vacuum cleaner and a slightly damp mop are all that is required to keep your floors looking as good as new.

Specifications
Dimensions: 10.5mm x 140mm x 905mm
10.92 square feet / carton
55 cartons per pallet
PU Finish
Micro-bevel
CORKLOC Installation (Angle/Angle)
CORKPROTECT a paraffin based edge sealing system
Warranty: 10 years residential

Remember, if you are considering new flooring, talk to a professional to get all the information and facts. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Until next week…

p.s. – a very special shout out to one of my most faithful readers and supporters…I love you, Mrs. B, thanks for the hugs this week!

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