Designers said that cork will be one of the most popular materials in 2017-18. Learn how to make your home up-to-date and “designer” simply and without problems. Believe: cork is fun!
Natural cork in the interior
The material called cork is nothing but the porous bark of a cork tree. In addition to the fact that the cork has a unique beautiful structure, it is also a soft, resilient, moisture-resistant material with good noise absorbing and insulating properties. Do not use all these advantages in the interior - a crime.
You can make your apartment relevant from the point of view of design without making repairs at all. The fashion trend was quickly picked up by manufacturers and, for example, in IKEA it is easy to find a lot of objects made from cork.
And even on this site you will find many diy projects that turn ordinary wine corks into interesting and useful items.
By the way, cork is basically an eco-friendly material. Not only is it completely safe for human health, it’s also not necessary to cut down a tree for its production: the bark grows with time.
Restless designers make cork even furniture. This material can be used as a lining of furniture surfaces, using thin layers of cork on the principle of veneer, and splicing cork into monolithic products.
And of course, they cork the walls of the walls and even the ceiling. Most often, cork wallpaper and panels are used for decorative purposes as a material with a unique natural surface, but the sound insulation and softness of cork has not been canceled.
And yet - the classic version - cork is convenient to use as a surface for pinning posters and papers to the wall with pins.
Cork floors and their types
Still, cork flooring remains the most popular application of this material. It is pleasant to walk barefoot on a warm slightly soft floor, it is quite easy to maintain: it can be vacuumed or washed, while cork floors are not afraid of moisture, and where there is no moisture, there are no fungi or mold.
Cork flooring can be sheet material, small plates of which are planted on glue, and it can be a cork parquet with a MDF base and with a locking principle of fastening.
And of course, modern cork flooring can have excellent wear resistance due to the use of composite materials and special varnishes. It is still a natural cork with a magnificent natural texture, but adapted to the current requirements of operation and design.
Caring for cork flooring:
- Cork floors are relatively unpretentious in the care. They can be vacuumed, wiped with a damp cloth using detergents that do not contain aggressive components and solvents.
- The service life of cork surfaces is initially lower, say, wooden. To extend it, in addition to the careful attitude, control the humidity of the air in the room: on average around 50%. This will prevent the material from drying out and the appearance of natural cracks on the surface.
- For cork floors, the same varnishes are used as for wooden: water-based varnish or two-component varnish based on polyurethane resin. If the thickness of the cork floor allows, over time it will be possible to repair the coating, grinding the top layer and re-covering the floor with varnish.