New to The Arch showroom is APC Cork flooring. We are thrilled to add this quality collection of cork flooring to our showroom!
Cork, a medium-sized evergreen oak tree, covers almost 5.4 million acres in seven Mediterranean countries including Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France. APC Cork works with a fine company in Portugal. To quote, the APC literature we have obtained:
"The cork forest serves a valuable ecological function by providing soil conservation, water table recharge, and run-off control, while also buffering against climate change and desertification.
"The cork has been harvested for centuries and is one of the finest examples of traditional, sustainable land use that offers a viable livelihood for future generations."
It is fascinating to learn about this incredible tree that defines sustainability on so many levels. The outer bark of the cork oak tree is harvested utilizing an ancient procedure maintaining the integrity and health of the tree every 9-12 years. With a skilled twist of an ax, it is separated from the trunk. The cork is carefully extracted from the tree until all usable cork is taken from the oak. The tree is marked with the extraction year's last digit to keep track of the next harvest. Every nine years, a new layer of cork will be ready for extraction. After harvesting the boards they are stacked and exposed to open air, sun and rain for six months. What a lovely nap for your future floor or wine stopper! The cork tree can provide a harvest for some 200 years!
The beauty of the cork floor can rest beneath your feet providing comfort, resilience, and greater durability than you might. It is a natural sound absorber so it will not sound hollow when you walk on it. It is also ideal for in-floor heating since it will retain heat longer than traditional flooring. Cork is a great alternative for those suffering from allergies since dust, mold and insects will not be able to take hold. If you want to be certain you have a safe floor, this is also an excellent selection as it may keep you from potentially hitting a hard surface such as ceramic tile. In fact, your legs and all your joints will thank you as you enjoy the comfort beneath you.
Finally, the selection of styles are many. The Arch invites you in to see our entire APC Cork selection. Our showroom is located at The Mill at Riverside at 2000 Riverside Dr Unit 10 Asheville, NC 28804
Please come by our showroom and think about where you might want to add comfort to your home and lifestyle.
Below are some photos of the harvesting process and a handful of the many styles.