All Cork Oak Flooring Warranties Are Not Created Equal

23 12 2008

Hello Group! Our Wicanders team has spent hours crawling the web looking to bring relevant and interesting articles to you.  We are focusing today on an article from floorbiz.com about another company’s cork floor product line. This article mentions their Lifetime Warranty on all eco-friendly residential floors. Wow! Lifetime!

We thought we’d better check it out. For the warranty to be honored, the proper maintenance guidelines must be followed to a tee. These maintenance procedures include an extensive refinishing with an oil urethane rub throughout the entire floor area, a 6-8 hour dry time and days before the floor can even be cleaned again with a dry mop. On the flip side, Wicanders suggests using only a vacuum cleaner and a mop during regular maintenance of our Cork Oak floors.

Checking a little deeper into the warranty we learn that they guarantee the surface layer will not “wear through”.  Well, the term “wear through” is defined as the 100% reduction of the surface wear layer over an area comprising 10% the total area. 10% is not as good as it sounds, as Wicanders warranty is half that at 5%. And of course things like scratches, gouges, scuff marks, moisture, humidity, UV light, roller skates, golf shoes and pets are not covered by their warranty. Really?

So from our perspective, what good is a Cork Oak floor if you cannot live with it? We know in most homes we all have more important things to worry about then keeping up with the floor maintenance schedule. Most of us have to worry about kids running up, running down, chasing pets, and trying their new skate grind down the banister. One key to a great product is durability and low maintenance. Now that we can all live with!

Cheers!

Team Wicanders

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Wicanders’ Cork Oak is Green, Beautiful and Tough!

24 10 2008

While browsing the internet the other day, we stumbled upon a little treasure! We saw a picture of the beautiful piece of artwork below, made out of cork, and just had to do a little investigating to find out more…

Allison's Cork Scrolling Project

Allison's Cork Scrolling Project

Wood worker, artist, and fellow blogger, Allison, from www.wood-alley.com, was given a piece of leftover cork flooring from her friend, a floor installer. She had never used cork flooring in a scrolling project before, so she tried it out and as you can see, the result is gorgeous! While reading her blog and checking out her pictures, we realized that this might just be our very own Wicanders Cork Oak Flooring!

The lovely Allison was gracious enough to let us know that the piece of flooring is Wicanders! It is a piece of the Series 1000 CORKLOC with High Performance Surface finish, or HPS. Because of the HPS hard wearing surface and HDF-High Density Fibreboard with CORKLOC, this piece of flooring stayed strong. This reminds us of how our tough floors are great for kids rooms and kitchens, where they get real wear and tear. And don’t forget about that 25 year residential warranty for Series 1000!

Allison said “I plan on using more of this material as I find it fascinating…” Well Allison, we find it fascinating too! But even more, we find it inspiring that you can make something so beautiful out of cork oak from the Montado cork oak forests. And to top it all off, it is an environmentally friendly product, perfect for green building and green design!

In Allison’s blog, she gives hints and instructions on how to do it yourself! You can see other artwork on her blog, or on lumberjocks.com (an online community of supportive wood working artists). We are so proud that our flooring held up to Allison’s drill press and saws!

Thank you for your art Allison, and let us know when we can see more of your Cork Creations!

Do you have a Cork Creation? Please share with us!

Until Next time,

Team Wicanders

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