HARO Cork Floor is a floor full of natural liveliness
Carefully selected and processed cork forms the basis for a floor covering that is superior in ecology, building biology and biotechnology. A cork floor offers pleasant foot warmth, insulates, soundproofs and reduces impact to the body joints and the spine. Besides, HARO Cork Floor is also very easy to clean and care for.
Inviting for bare feet
You really don't know much about cork? This natural raw material from the bark of the cork oak can do a lot more than just stopper wine and champagne bottles. Carefully selected and processed cork forms the basis for a floor covering that is superior to most other floor coverings in ecology, building biology and resilience. A cork floor is not only easy to maintain, but also insulates, soundproofs, and reduces impact to the joints and spine.
Fresh from the tree
Cork oaks have been native to the western Mediterranean region for more than 60 million years. The fascinating trees can live up to 300 years and grow in two directions: wood on the inside and cork on the outside. The cork bark is carefully harvested by hand. With 50 percent market share, Portugal is the worldwide leading supplier of the raw material and has a long tradition in cork production. Cork can only be harvested from a tree every nine or ten years. That’s how long it takes the cork oak to grow a new bark of the quality needed to produce floor coverings. The harvest does not harm the tree by the way. Many old trees have been harvested a dozen times.
Bringing nature into your home
We use only highest quality bark from the cork oak for the manufacture of our cork floors. After all, we want you to enjoy your floor for a long time. After applying the surface finish nothing will come in the way of a grand entrance to your home.
Cork shrinks by up to 40 percent under pressure – and immediately recovers to its original shape as soon as the pressure level is normal again. One piece of cork of the size of a sugar cube contains about 60 million air cells. They make cork as elastic as the human skin. Maybe that's why children just love to play on a cork floor. People with allergies or asthma also appreciate cork because it does not collect dust and dirt and literally stays clean down to the pores.
Raw material with a history and a future
Already the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans appreciated the elasticity and watertightness of cork – particularly when it came to safely stoppering and sealing wine bottles and amphoras. In the past thousands of years a wide diversity of other application areas have developed. Today cork is used for the ergonomic soles of sandals, floats of fishing nets, environmentally friendly insulation of roofs and walls, and even as a high-tech insulation material in the Space Shuttle.
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