Hardwood flooring is often selected for reasons such as natural beauty and durability. But what if you could have the visuals of hardwood, in a commercially durable flooring that has all the natural benefits of cork? This article highlights how our Serenity Collection makes this possible!
Best of Both Worlds
Serenity is our unique collection of floating floor planks, featuring hardwood visuals printed on a cork substrate. This is achieved through a high definition digital print process. The result is a flooring product that delivers both classic beauty of hardwood with the resiliency and comfort of cork.
Serenity is also finished with our patented hot coating, giving it the highest possible durability – an AC5 rating for full commercial installation.
Key Benefits of Cork vs Hardwood Floors
Compared to hardwood, cork offers superior benefits in terms of being:
- Quiet & Acoustic
- Warm & Insulating
- Soft & Comfortable
- Environmentally Friendly
- Hypoallergenic & Anti-Fungal
Cork’s Suberin & Air Cells
The two main factors responsible for the benefits listed above are cork’s naturally occurring suberin and cellular structure.
Fist of all, cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. The tree is unharmed when the bark is carefully harvested, but it coats itself with suberin (a sappy substance) to protect against mold, mildew and insects. This suberin grows into the cork and generates unsurpassed natural anti-fungal and hypoallergenic properties. This makes cork flooring beneficial for anyone sensitive to mold and mildew or has allergies.
Another natural wonder with cork are its 200 million enclosed air cells per cubic inch! All these air cells make it thermal and sound insulator, as well as acoustic. They also make cork resilient, warm and comfortable underfoot.
Learn more about these benefits plus cork’s unique physical properties on our Why Cork? page.
Featured Hardwood Patterns
The wide variety of hardwood patterns that Serenity offers are all visible on our Serenity Collection page. Here we feature just a few of of our most popular options:
Serenity Collection, French Autumn Oak – Cork Flooring Planks with Hardwood Visuals
Serenity Collection, Sunset Acacia – Cork Flooring Planks with Hardwood Visuals
Serenity Collection, Sunrise Oak – Cork Flooring Planks with Hardwood Visuals
Cork Tiles with Stone Visuals
A couple exceptions to the rule in the Serenity Collection are our two floating cork tiles that feature stone visuals. Similar in concept to the hardwood flooring patterns, these options allow those who prefer stone visuals to take advantage of the warmth, softness, and other advantages of cork listed above:
Serenity Collection, Sandstorm – Cork Flooring Tiles with Stone Visuals
Interested in Serenity Samples?
All of our beautiful Serenity Collection patterns are available for sampling, whether those with hardwood flooring visuals or stone. Visit our quick and easy to use sample store today, and get your hands on your favorites!