A Unique, Green Flooring Option for Distinguished Homes
Our creative staff and team of flooring craftsmen have been installing cork floors in homes throughout the San Jose / South Bay Area for over 20 years.
Cork makes a room stand out in a very special way (yes, you can actually tell it is cork when you see it in person), but it MUST fit the space it’s going in. Our floor visualizer tool is a great way to see what new flooring could look like in any room! Reach out to us to discuss if cork floors are right for your home or business, and know you’ll have the most trusted flooring store in the bay area to install it for you.
From corners, curves, to room transitions, we’ll help you find the best cork option for your space. We serve homeowners and businesses in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Alameda Counties (and sometimes even beyond). Email us or visit our cork flooring store and showroom in Campbell to view samples.
We are honored to win awards for our projects and services we perform for our customers. Excellence and quality are something we don’t take lightly, and we do our very best to make sure our customers get the best service possible. Every home or business project is an opportunity for us to deliver flooring with quality you can stand on.
– Marilyn C., San Jose
There are two main styles of cork flooring:
Floating cork planks are engineered to fit seamlessly and to vacuum lock against any and all moisture and debris.
Glue-down cork gives the visual effect of square tiles or can appear as one large sheet of cork.
Solid cork flooring comes in many shapes and sizes and is often referred to as cork tiles. They are usually installed by gluing the cork tiles down to concrete floors or wood subfloors with adhesive. Solid cork floors are made from all-natural ingredients, many being renewable sources, and they’re priced about the same as most hardwood flooring options.
Cork flooring comes in many different colors like brown, shades of white, and also gray. And you can even use some of the color options to create two-toned flooring. Some manufacturers can even use colors like green, cherry, or even more natural tones.
Because of its unique cellular structure, cork is naturally resistant to moisture and stains. It locks air into each single cell, making it completely impenetrable to microbes, bacteria, moisture that causes mold and mildew, allergens, insects, and other pests. When you think about the amount of everyday contact people have with flooring in their environments (especially children), cork is a clean, healthy choice for flooring.
Cork floors are popular for apartments, townhomes and condominiums—especially where privacy is valued. One of our suppliers, Wicanders, has utilized the natural shock and sound properties of its Cork Oak to develop AcoustiCork.
Yes, but it’s not easy. Cork floors can last years, but sometimes refinishing them is important to extend the useful life or repair them after damage. Refinishing solid cork floors is much easier than refinishing veneer cork floors. There are two common ways to refinish a cork floor.
If a cork floor had a layer of polyurethane on top, then a simple finish with polyurethane can be done. Before reapplying polyurethane, it’s important to know the specific finish that was applied to the cork floor. If polyurethane was used, then it can be used again to refinish the cork floor. The process starts with washing and rinsing the floor well and then scuff-sanding the entire floor without cutting through the existing varnish. Then re=applying the polyurethane will be the next step. However, if your floor has ever been waxed, the floor will need to be stripped and resanded, which brings us to option 2.
Important note: Make sure the cork you want to refinish is uniform through the entire room before sanding. If there are any veneers it will be very easy to sand through the veneer and destroy the cork floor.
Cork flooring is sanded by using a drum sander with 60-80 grit sandpaper. Although cork floors should last years with basic maintenance, refinishing a cork floor can extend its useful life. Before attempting sanding, it’s important to be sure that you have solid cork floors and not cork veneer floors. Veneer floors cannot be sanded before refinishing, making it impossible to remove scratches that have damaged the underlying cork.
You can go with or against the grain of the wood, and you start sanding your cork floor by walking from one wall to the wall on the opposite end of the room with the orbital sander. Then you continue to sand in rows between the two different walls. After you do this you turn your sander 90 degrees and sand across the rows you just sanded to ensure you get an even sand.
After sanding, the staining comes next. Since cork floors absorb stains very well, a water-based stain with light coats is used to make sure the right final color is achieved.
There are a number of pros and cons when it comes to using cork flooring. Cork flooring can be a great fit for you if the pros outweigh the cons.
Here are the pros and cons of using cork flooring:
We take pride in offering very high-quality products from reputable companies to our customers. If it’s not good enough we don’t use it let alone recommend it. At Slaughterbeck Floors, we are proud to carry the Wicanders Cork GO & Essence products, and the Duro Design products. Wicanders and Duro Design produce amazing products that we’ve been using for years.