26 Feb '13, 6pm

Are cork floors a good choice for a home in a high desert climate? #construction #green

In looking at the weather in your region I found that your summers are very dry, with clear skies and sunny days. We too, live in a desert – though not a high desert, and share the clear skies in the summer, with many sunny days. A problem with your climate and the use of cork is something that we have experienced here -- cork will fade with the UV rays of the sun . We installed a cork floor in an office where the windows and doors faced south and though the windows had window coverings the cork faded significantly where the door was left open for ventilation in the summer. I was astonished with how much it faded after only a year. A dark brown cork floor went to a light yellow where it was hit by the sunlight, making for a sharp contrast under the area rugs. I looked up a cork flooring manufacturer, Wicanders, which has a super hard aluminum oxide finish, similar to what ...

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