Each month, Dovetail will spotlight one of our eco-friendly flooring collections. Our September spotlight is CORKART.
What are the benefits of cork flooring?
#1 Cork has a comfortable and cushioned surface. One of the first things you notice about cork is its soft and yielding surface. Therefore, it’s perfect for rooms where you stand for long periods of time, such as in the kitchen. Cork also has a cushioned surface that makes it the perfect choice for play rooms; it provides a certain level of protection should your child trip and fall.
#2 Cork is hypoallergenic. Therefore, it will repel dust, hair, and other small particles from its surface. As a result, cork flooring is much easier to get completely clean, unlike carpet. Cork is also anti-microbial, so it does not emit an VOC emissions and is resistant to mould and mildew. This makes it the perfect choice for those suffering from asthma and allergies.
#3 Cork is a worthwhile insulator. As it is made from millions of tiny air-filled chambers, cork will effectively insulate both sound and heat. Therefore, should you suffer from noisy neighbours, cork flooring will reduce noise from being transferring through the floor. Rising heating bills can also be a problem; however, cork will reduce the loss of heat from a room in the winter.
What makes cork environmentally friendly?
Cork is natural, recyclable and a sustainable alternative to many man-made materials. It is also biodegradable, so it can break down into natural materials without causing harm to the environment.
The cork oak survives with without the use of chemical herbicides, fertilisers or irrigation. In fact, it is the only tree that can harvest its own bark! Furthermore, stripping does not harm the tree; this is because the bark regenerates naturally.
What collections do CORKART offer?
The Cork Concept collection is home to some of the most popular CORKART designs. Its ambience creates a warm, comfortable surface that inhibits the conduction of temperature and sound, while the flooring is also remarkably resilient to wear and tear.
Choose from two different systems. Floating (eco friendly floating floor) provides superior comfort and quick installation, while Glue Down (eco friendly floor tiles) are warm and comfortable underfoot.
The Fusion Concept collection offers new and technologically advanced flooring. It combines the excellent properties of cork—such as impact sound reduction, warmth and comfort—with the high resistance, beautiful look and realistic touch of a vinyl floor.
Fusion Concept is easy to clean, comfy underfoot and has excellent acoustic properties due to its cork backing. It is also resistant to sunlight, stains and chemicals due to its high performance top coating.
The Vinyl Concept collection is a new generation of technologically advanced vinyl floors. The realistic decor add style, design, and personality to your space. It is wear resistant, comfortable to live on and easy to maintain, with excellent acoustic properties due to its natural cork backing.
Advantages of Vinyl Concept flooring includes its outstanding comfort, realistic look and incredible durability, as well as its incredible resistance to wear, dents, tearing, moisture damage and staining. It is also 100% non-toxic and is suitable for approved underfloor heating.
Discover the pros and cons of different pet-friendly flooring options to find the perfect fit for your furry friends.
Option #1 // Hardwood
Hardwood flooring exudes a sophisticated, classic finish and remains a staple flooring choice for many homes. But as it is vulnerable to stains and water damage, it may not be the wise choice for pet owners. However, there are some pet-friendly hardwood materials, including oak, maple, walnut, mahogany, and bamboo. On the other hand, softwoods, such as pine, chestnut, and fir, are easily susceptible to dents and scratches.
The harder the wood, the more greater its resistance to nail scratches. Therefore, take a look at the Janka Hardness Scale when selecting your flooring: the higher the number, the harder the wood. Any rating below 850 is classified as softwood, while a rating above 1250 is classified as hardwood.
Pros: Comes is a variety of colours and finishes; easy to vacuum.
Cons: Expensive; vulnerable to water damage; easily stains.
Option #2 // Carpet
Wall-to-wall carpeting provides a comfortable lounging area for pets, especially when most of our furry friends spend a lot of time asleep! Carpet also provides a non-slip surface, unlike tile and hardwood flooring which can cause footpads to skid about, and absorbs animal noises for a more peaceful atmosphere.
Carpet is usually made from wool, natural fibres, or synthetic fibres, such as nylon and polyester. While wool carpet is the softest and most luxurious underfoot, it is more expensive than synthetic fibres and not as resistant to stains. Nylon carpets, however, are durable, stain-resistant and affordable, making it a popular choice for households with pets. However, try and avoid loop carpets as your pet’s nails may snag on the loops.
Pros: Comfortable underfoot; non-slip surface; comes is a variety of colours.
Cons: Difficult to clean; vulnerable to wear and tear.
Option #3 // Cork
Cork flooring is eco-friendly and will reduce the growth of mould and other allergens. What’s more, it is warm and pliable, making it comfortable underfoot and able to withstand foot traffic very well. It also absorbs sound, so you don’t need to worry about the constant tapping of pet nails all day!
Cork flooring is far more scratch-resistant than other natural woods options. Cork is a generally resistant material that is both naturally impact resistant and boasts anti-slip properties. Therefore, your pets don’t need to use their claws to move around, so the number of animal claw marks on your floor is significantly reduced.
Pros: Water resistant; needs little maintenance; absorbs sound.
Cons: Discolours overtime; heavy furniture can cause permanent indents.
Option #4 // Laminate
Laminate flooring is often a popular choice for pet owners who like the look of hardwood, but want an easy-to-clean surface. However, the popular choice of smooth, glossy laminate floor can reduce your pet’s traction and easily cause them to slip. Therefore, a textured or embossed laminate finish is far more sensible.
Pros: Easy-to-clean; water-resistant; less noticeable scratches.
Cons: Slippery surface; not as “classic” as hardwood.
Option #5 // Stone
Stone tiles are a great option for pet owners. Not only is it highly durable and scratch-resistant, it’s wipe-clean surface lets you quickly deal with any “accidents” or spills. While most tiles are scratch-resistant, some materials are more porous that others. Therefore, softer stones, such as marble, will require more treatment.
A significant downside to stone tiles are their hard, cold surface. It offers little to no comfort or warmth to your pet, so consider incorporating underfloor heating or area rugs throughout your home. What’s more, a pet bed may prove essential if you want your pet to have a cosy place to relax.
Pros: Scratch-resistant; easy-to-clean.
Cons: Cold, hard surface; slippery surface.
Option #6 // Vinyl
Vinyl is an extremely affordable flooring option that can be easily installed throughout you home. Not only does it provide great traction for your pet, it also comes in a wide range of colours and designs, including natural-looking luxury vinyl. Now you can have durable pet-friendly flooring without compromising on style!
Pros: Resistant to scratches and stains; easy-to-clean; low allergy; quiet underfoot.
Cons: Dulls easily; water spills can cause mildew or peeling.
Thanks to advancing technologies, tile flooring can now perfectly mimic natural stone, hardwood and fabrics. What’s more, they are hard-wearing and boast both noise-cancelling and impact-resistant abilities. With so many styles to choose from, Dovetail have compiled the top trends in tile flooring for 2018. Now you can enjoy a stylish, durable designs that will remain en vogue in years to come!
This timeless tile trend has recently gained momentum as a household flooring staple. Designers are known to incorporate the “wood-look” across the entire house; bedrooms, studies and bedrooms are adorned with these slick and stylish tiles, breaking the mould that tiles should be confined to the kitchen and bathroom only.
The beauty of the wood-style tile is it delivers the best of both worlds. While it perfectly mimics the look of natural hardwood, it also remains incredibly durable. There are no dents, splinters or impurities that you often find with traditional hardwood panels. The result? Flooring which is sleek, sturdy and effortlessly chic.
Dovetail have a wide range of wood-style tile flooring for you to choose from. Check out the innovative wooden flooring range by Ted Todd. Their beautiful, innovative designs are unrivalled in quality, originality and creative flair.
Marble will always be a timeless classic. It has been around for centuries, often frequented by the Romans, Georgians and in Art Deco designs. So it is no surprise to see marble make a comeback!
While it classic and elegant in its design, the unforgiving nature of natural marble causes many problems. It is incredibly soft, often chipping or cracking. What’s more, it’s especially challenging to clean and is susceptible to stains due to its highly porous nature.
However, a tile which mimics marble is the perfect choice. Not only will it always look elegant and classy, but it will remain hard-wearing and durable. You also won’t need to spends hundreds on maintenance and repairs!
Once again, Dovetail have a stunning collection of marble flooring to choose from. The Marmoleum marbled sheet collection combines subtle and striking marbled effects to create the perfect backdrop for any commercial interior. What’s more, it comes readily available in over 90 exciting colours.
One of the more surprising trends to emerge in the past year has been grey tiles. While many industry experts believed it was a fleeting trend, it appears that grey is here to stay!
Grey tiling is especially popular in “wood-look” flooring. The designs often use a medium, stone-grey palette to provide a clean, modern, minimalist look. Many believe the popularity of grey tiling is due to its versatility. It is ideal for any room, complementing many types of décor. You can experiment with various colours and textures in regards to furniture and interior design, and the flooring will remain the perfect companion piece.
The CORKART Contract Collection offers a range of cool, grey tones in the signature “wood-look” style. The collection also comes with a glue-down vinyl insulation system for resistance and durability.
Any of these trends promise you stylish, sleek and chic tile flooring.
If you have any questions about tile flooring, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our expert team will be more than happy to recommend the best designers and collections for you to make your selection. What’s more, Dovetail promise that you won’t find the same quality furnishings at a better price anywhere in Norwich. So go on—give us a call today on 01603 488082.
Did you know 1 and a half acres of forest are cut down every second?
Even more shocking, estimates from the United Nations suggest 18 million acres of forest are lost each year. This is a staggering number, so Dovetail are passionate about making a change.
We are so excited to introduce our NEW range of eco-friendly carpets and flooring. Some of the biggest names in environmentally progressive textiles are now available at our Norwich showroom, including Riviera, Ted Todd and Forbo. 100% natural and renewable, these stylish collections both look good AND help protect the Earth.
Simple yet sophisticated, the indulgently tactile designs of Alternative Flooring are perfect for any home. Every one of their carpets are made from ethically-sourced fibres. From the soft, silky textures of the Tiliaceae plant to the pure, white fibres of the Agave Sisalana plant, these innovative designs are both natural and sustainable.
Alternative Flooring use 100% wool fibres for their stunning wool collections. Their Barefoot collection is made using completely natural, undyed wool and handwoven using traditional looms.
A truly eco-friendly carpet solution. Their bio-degradable, ethically-sourced carpets are crafted from 100% natural and sustainable resources — one of only a few working manufacturers to do this.
Did you know 90% of carpets take up to 500 years to break-down in the soil? This is because they are crafted using man-made fibres, such as Nylon, Polypropylene or Polyester. These fibres derive from oil, so the toxins released can be really harmful for the environment. But not Riviera!
Riviera carpets take between one to five years to naturally bio-degrade. Plus, as they are made from 100% natural resources, no harmful chemicals or VOCs will be released into the soil.
What’s more, Riviera Home™ have recently introduced their exciting new eco-collections, crafted from 100% natural wool. Therefore, no dyestuffs, chemicals or stain blocking treatments were added during their creation.
For over 20 years, Ted Todd have pushed the boundaries for wooden flooring. As a result, they are now one of the world’s leading flooring brands. Completely unrivalled in quality and creativity, their beautiful, innovative wooden floors are both stunning AND environmentally friendly.
Ted Todd ensure all of their flooring is responsibly sourced. In fact, 95% of their wood is FSC® and PEFC certified. Indeed, their wooden floors are crafted using 100% natural hardwood with ZERO emissions or harmful pollutants!
In a world of environmental awareness, CORKART utilise cork — a natural, bio-degradable and 100% sustainable resource — to craft warm, luxurious and comfortable flooring.
Cork is an incredible material. Harvested from the Cork Oak, it survives without the need for fertiliser, irrigation or chemical herbicides. In fact, it is the only tree where the bark regenerates naturally, meaning it can be sustainably stripped without the tree being harmed.
What’s more, the bark from the Cork Oak retains a significant amount of CO2 while it grows, while also helping support natural biodiversity, such as shrubs and wildlife.
Marmoleum by Forbo
Marmoleum a natural floor covering that’s over 150 years old. Associated with durability, quality, sustainability and truly innovative design, it’s created from 97% natural raw materials, including flax, linseed, rosin and limestone.
Marmoleum flooring is versatile in application, colour and design. It can easily be fixed to your floor with low solvent adhesive, in keeping with its sustainable, eco-friendly attributes.
Our range of eco-friendly carpet and flooring can be viewed in full here.
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