Is Cork Flooring Really Worth the Cost?

Our company primarily deals with cork flooring and the most common question is it really worth the cost. This is typical since most so called green product cost more than their non-green competitors. However, cork as a flooring material has many benefits equal to similar flooring products, if not better ones. This guide is designed to help educate you on these benefits and help you determine if the cost of cork flooring is worth it. We feel by the end of this article you’ll want to know more about this amazing flooring product in your home.

The first thing you’ll want to know is if this product is really green. It’s common to see the word green, natural and eco-friendly thrown around when it really isn’t true. So to understand why it’s a green flooring solution you need to understand its primary material: cork. Cork is a natural product that doesn’t require any chemical additions or alterations.

Cork is obtained from the bark of the cork oak tree, which is native to parts of Africa and the Mediterranean. The process of removing the bark (cork) for commercial production doesn’t harm or kill the tree. In fact, after the cork oak tree matures it can be harvested for cork throughout its life span over and over. This is why cork flooring is a green eco-friendly product; it’s sustainable and protects the environment.

The second thing you’ll want to know is the benefits behind this flooring product. The best one in my opinion is it’s durable. This product will last a lifetime if the homeowner properly takes care of it. It’s common to see cork flooring in government buildings because it requires minimum maintenance and last a very long time. This is also a very beautiful wood floor product. Its beauty rivals its competitors and has some of the best natural colors, shades and pattern variations. You have no idea how great it is until you see it. Let’s not forget it’s quite comfortable. Your knees, joints and feet will thank you after years of comfort on top of cork floors.

You’re probably wondering why it’s so durable and comfortable. Well, that’s due to its cellular structure. Cork material has an odd cell shape; they are in the shape of honey combs. Inside of these combs is trapped air. This gives cork the ability to compress, absorb impact and so much more. Just imagine cork wine stoppers, how they can be compressed for years and years under heavy pressure. Then, pop open a bottle that uses a cork stopper and watch it return to its normal shape without damage. Cork also has suberin in its material. This waxy substance gives it benefits such as mold and mildew resistances while making cork impervious to moisture and water. It’s also hypoallergenic so you homeowners with allergies will really enjoy this during allergy season.

As you can see there are many reasons to get cork flooring, and if you’ve read this whole article you can see it’s well worth the cost. If you’re doing it yourself it won’t run you much more than any other hardwood floor. If you’re going to use a contractor then get a few estimates. We provided you below with some links to find contractors in your area who install this flooring product, along with more information on this amazing flooring solution.

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Modern Ways Of Keeping Water Out

GlobeCoreConcrete, used in most building projects, is in itself not waterproof though it can easily be made so by mixing it with certain chemicals.

In the past, we used tar, bitumen, and all other sorts of techniques to keep water out, however, advancements in technology have brought about better methods of dealing with the water menace. It is best for waterproofing structures that retain water, such as swimming pools, bathrooms sinks and water tanks, both underground and overhead.

The method employed in this technique involves saturating the surface to be treated with water. The chemical ingredients in the slurry pass through the capillaries bearing water and react with calcium oxide in the concrete to form insoluble crystals, which then block the water capillaries, stopping water flow through them effectively.

Further, the active ingredients remain in the concrete to reactivate the whole process of formation of insoluble crystals should another capillary be formed.

How to Waterproof Your Property

Damp, water and rain can cause damage to your home, especially on the external parts of your property.

Here is a guide on the types of sealants that you can use to help prevent water absorption and retention and protect your home against damp, water penetration and leaks.

A water seal is a penetrative water proof substance that is clear and colourless. Water sealant is ideal for porous surfaces and building materials such as brick, stone, cement rendering and concrete.

A water seal also has the added benefit of letting a wall breathe, allowing moisture into walls to evaporate. You can visit it’s website GlobeCore on www.modified.globecore.com

A liquid damp proof membrane should not be used on floors or walls where water is present under pressure, for instance in retaining walls, wet rooms and cellars.

This black modified bitumen based paint is used for metal and concrete and provides a protective coating for iron, steel, metal, castings and concrete. This type of coating has a high resistance to water penetration, oxidation and weathering. Application can be made by brush or spray after thinning with white spirit. Protective clothing and goggles should be used when applying. The paint can be reapplied as and when it weathers and requires another coat.

Types Of Asphalts Used On Roads And Pavements

 Much of what we’re able to own or where we’re able to travel to is the result of motorable roads constructed using asphalt. Since WMA reduces the amount of both, it’s a good choice when constructing roads in confined spaces.

Where WMA and HMAC need to be mixed and applied under heat, cold mix asphalt eliminates the necessity of high temperatures. As such, it’s best applied on low traffic roads such as service roads and residential driveways.

Also called stone-matrix asphalt, SMA is ideal for high traffic roads, residential streets and even roofs.

The high temperature allows proper drying of aggregates which maintains stability and prevents moisture from being trapped beneath. Equipment modifications are unnecessary because the technology is older than WMA. Cost is, therefore, significantly reduced especially when HMAC is applied to long stretches of road.

GlobeCore is well known manufacturer of bitumen emulsion and bitumen modification equipment.

Insurance For Cars Employed In Car Racing Sports

Ironically, it’s thought that a lot more could go wrong during transporting or routine maintenance of a car used for auto racing, for instance, than when it is literally racing hence much of the coverage for racing cars is related to damage taking place off the race track as opposed to on it.

Lots of the fans who watch motor sporting events are car lovers who have modified their own vehicles to a certain extent so as to improve the performance on the road.

Asphalt Roads protection material

Unfortunately, The asphalt concrete, which is one of the greatest inventions of mankind unrivalled to the present time, loses all these positive properties in 2 to 5 years after the road is built.

Since the advent of asphalt concrete, best inventors in the field of road building have been trying to prolong the asphalt concrete service life by using various traditional methods such as strengthening the material with various polymers , road pavements impregnation with various oils, road pavement reinforcement with fabric, etc.

All the above methods result in sharp increase in the road pavement cost, and what is even more important, deteriorate the road pavement properties such as road grip of wheel tires and so on. After its application to the road surface, and complete hardening (complete polymerization), we obtain a thin membrane coating preventing penetration of water and gases including ozone into the road pavement and protect the road from ultraviolet and infrared solar radiation and various chemicals.

Are Screw Caps Taking Over From Corks?

Are the days of hearing that familiar ‘pop’ from a cork being pulled out of a bottle of wine nearly over? I sincerely hope not. For the true wine enthusiast the screw cap should not take over from the cork for many reasons, first and foremost is the environmental one.

Corks for wine bottles come in a few different guises, natural, synthetic and a combination of the two. About 70% of the worlds natural cork is produced from the large cork forests in southern Portugal, which includes approximately 15 billion corks for wine bottles (as well as other types of cork product).

Why is it so important to save the cork?
Cork extraction is an environmentally friendly harvesting processes as not a single tree is felled in order to get the cork. The forests in the Mediterranean have provided ecosystems that have coexisted for at least a thousand years.

There is a tradition at stake. The forests, apart from supporting all the labour connected with the industry, also coexist with livestock and wildlife which graze under the cork trees. Honey is made from beehives located within the forests, while acorns are used in the production of animal feedstuffs, not to mention the array of fruits and berries that grow in the wild. This is real sustainable agro-forestry at work, people use the natural resources whilst at the same time preserving the ecosystem’s environmental values.

Should the screw cap closure become more popular leading to a decline in cork demand, this would be disastrous for the regional economy and ecosystems, and could have dire consequences for the whole of Europe.

Cork problems
During the 1980’s, farmers were encouraged, by EU subsidies, to switch to more intensive crops like maize, which resulted in large areas of cork forest being cleared.

Wine drinking became more popular, heralding an increase in the demand for cork bark. With the reduction of productive forests many factories were unable to keep pace with the demand, so hygiene and quality standards fell. A cork taint problem was encountered in a big way caused by trichloroanisol (TCA), a naturally occurring chemical found on wood and other vegetation.

The TCA caused a musty aroma and nasty taste in the wine leading to the loss of literally millions of bottles. Complaints of corked wine were on the increase. Many Australian and New Zealand wine producers felt the time had come to look for another type of closure. and soon the synthetic cork made its debut. They proved to be popular and were cheaper to produce, but the main drawbacks were that they were notoriously difficult to extract, and they don’t protect the wine from oxygen as natural corks do. This means that wines sealed with synthetic corks have a poorer shelf life and therefore should be drunk young.

The start of the screw cap revolution from the antipodean countries came in 2000. Some winemakers from the Clare Valley in Australia grouped together and released their Riesling wines under screw cap. Now about 75% of Australian wines and 95% of New Zealand wines are sealed in this way.

Cork or Screw Cap?
Both corks and screw caps have their place as good wine bottle closures. Good quality red wines should be sealed with high grade corks which allow the wine to breathe and age well. It has long been known that much of the best cork is bought up by the worlds top red wine producers exactly for this reason.

For commercial wines, sealing with screw caps could be economically wise as many of these wines are made to be consumed while still young. Consumers in several countries, including the UK, were keen on this method, especially as is more convenient to twist the cap off than to mess around with a foil cutter and corkscrew.

Many winemakers did not comprehend that the screw cap as a closure is quite different from cork as it forms a tight seal that doesn’t allow much transmission of gas. So screw capped wines had avoided the cork taint problem but at the same time displayed an off aroma known as ‘reduction’. The two camps had their own set of issues but winemakers are now using both types alongside each other.

Cork has lost its monopoly for the time being but it is the ‘natural’, sustainable option, and has much a lower carbon footprint than the aluminium caps. I don’t think that the days of cork are over, nevertheless, they could still be numbered. For environmental reasons we should definitely support those producers still using corks and keep enjoying that traditional ‘pop’!

Store Red Wine the Right Way and Your Reds Will Always Taste Amazing!

Knowing how to store red wine is important to maximize the drink’s qualities! Reds have been one of the world’s most popular drinks for centuries. The elegant elixir is loved so much that experts have devoted their lives to improving and preserving its quality, in addition to perfecting how to store red wine correctly. Connoisseurs across the globe spend hours upon hours, taking measures to ensure that the wine they drink and serve is living up to its fullest potential.

While most of a red’s flavor and aroma owe a lot to its brewing, aging, and serving techniques, few people realize the impact that proper wine storage has on its taste. While experts can go on for hours describing the proper way to store red wine, you can get by with knowing these basics:

The Best Temperature to Store Red Wine is?

Temperature is a key component in serving reds, so it’s naturally of utmost importance when it comes to storage. In terms of red wine temperature, storage is considered by some experts to be more important than serving. Store red wine at too high a temperature: and the wine will oxidize and age prematurely, spoiling some of its flavor. Store red wine at too low a temperature: this will slow down the natural aging process and cause some of the more delicate notes to recede.

The ideal temperature to store red wine is around 50 to 65F (10 to 18C). When you store red wine, try to keep the temperature as constant as possible. Any sudden fluctuations could have an adverse effect on the wine, and its best flavors could be lost forever.

Wine Cellars

Light and humidity also affect the quality of reds; light, like heat, oxidizes the wine, while uncontrolled humidity can have several effects. Too much humidity will cause mold and mildew to form on your bottles, while too little will cause the cork to dry out, which will let air enter the bottle and oxidize the wine.

For these reasons wine cellar storage is a worthwhile investment for wine lovers. Wine cellar temperature is typically lower than room temperature, while the darkness and moderate humidity help preserve the quality of your reds. If you do not want to invest in a wine cellar room, any cool, dark and dry place in your home (like your basement or a closet) will do. There are also countertop wine chillers available in the market today that should do the trick.

Position

Always store red wine on its side. This will keep the wine in contact with the cork, thus preventing the cork from drying out. It’s also a good idea to keep the label side up. That way, it’ll be easier to spot any sediments that may have formed during storage.

Time

The adage that wine gets better with age isn’t always true. In fact, a lot of wines being produced today will not improve, most especially the inexpensive ones. Most good reds can be stored and aged for anywhere between 2 to 10 years.

How to Store Red Wine if the Bottle is Already Opened?

While it may be tempting to keep an unfinished bottle of wine in the fridge, don’t do it. Reds should be kept in a cool, dark, and moderately dry place. All you have to do is simply re-cork the bottle and put it back in storage. Remember to keep it on its side to prevent the cork from drying out. If air oxidation is a problem, you can purchase special pumps made to remove the air, helping to preserve the wine. After that, storage should be a worry-free matter.

Keep in mind, however, that when you store red wine that has already be opened, it will keep for only 2 to 3 days. If you don’t choose to drink it by then, try cooking with it. Reds are a flavorful addition to many sauces.