Privileging comfort in interiors: floors inspired by nature in wood and cork

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Privileging comfort in interiors: floors inspired by nature in wood and cork

Greatly driven by the Covid-19 pandemic, interior design trends that prioritize comfort and well-being have become more important than ever in recent years. With the old lockdown restrictions and the rise of hybrid working, the time spent indoors performing daily tasks has increased dramatically, forcing many to adapt their living spaces accordingly. As a result, demand has focused on residential interiors that promote calm, peace and warmth, as well as products and design elements that successfully meet these new needs. But how to achieve it? While there are many ways to promote comfort inside the home, one method has proven to be unquestionably the most effective: bringing nature in.

Of course, the best way to fulfill this mission is to use natural and 100% organic materials. Widely known for its extremely beneficial biophilic qualities, wood seems like the obvious first choice. And, although less used in construction and design, cork is also positioning itself as a promising competitor thanks to its excellent natural properties. With this in mind, the manufacturer of wood-based products EGGER has developed the Comfort floor as an alternative to conventional laminate flooring. Made from sustainably sourced natural wood fibers and cork, the product combines the strengths of both bio-based materials, providing a warm ambience in the home without compromising aesthetics and functionality.

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The components

EGGER Comfort floors consist of five layers: sound-reducing cork, HDF carrier board, cork for softness, a digital decor print and a UV-resistant wear layer. All of these have several practical purposes. Below, we dive into each of these unique features.

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Courtesy of EGGER

Sustainable origin

As the climate emergency continues to escalate, manufacturers have a responsibility to take responsibility for what they do and how they do it. At the same time, they must also meet the growing user demand for environmentally friendly products. Using 90% renewable raw materials in its manufacture and 64% by-products from the sawmill industry, EGGER Comfort flooring is sustainably sourced. On the one hand, its layer of wood fibers comes exclusively from sustainable and PEFC-certified forestry, i.e. it consists of a completely renewable raw material that absorbs more CO2 during its growth. than it emits during transport and throughout its production chain.

Cork, on the other hand, is also environmentally friendly. It is obtained from the bark of the cork oak, a slow-growing tree that lives an average of 200 years and is known for its unique ability to regenerate its outer bark after each peeling. This means that no trees are felled or permanently damaged for cork harvesting. As a result, the material is 100% biobased, renewable and even recyclable. It also does not contain harmful substances, thus contributing to healthier interiors.

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Inherent comfort

In addition to being completely durable, Comfort flooring stands out by promoting peace and relaxation in all aspects – visual, tactile and auditory. These comfortable properties are mainly due to its two elastic layers of cork, which differentiate the product from other more conventional alternatives. When pressure is applied to the cork cells, the air in the cavities contracts and expands again when the pressure is released, reaching an ideal balance (not too hard or soft) which provides relief when walking and standing, protecting joints and tendons. Therefore, together with the elasticity, softness and softness of the material, Comfort floors are particularly pleasant to walk on.

Cork is also an excellent thermal insulator. Specifically, the air cells in cork surfaces delay the release of heat, making the floor naturally warm underfoot and preventing cold feet. The diapers can be installed on underfloor heating without any problems, which increases the positive heat effect even more. Additionally, 1 cubic centimeter of cork contains approximately 36 million cells (on average) that absorb sound, making this material an excellent sound absorber – in fact, the most natural sound absorber in the world. While the cork surface on the upper side audibly reduces ambient noise, the lower layer further minimizes impact noise and provides a sound insulation effect in adjacent rooms. In total, Comfort flooring reduces ambient noise by up to 43% compared to laminate flooring.

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Courtesy of EGGER

Practical and versatile

Besides all these beneficial qualities, Comfort flooring has an easy-care surface that is stain resistant, UV protected, easy to clean and guarantees resistance to fading of the decorative image. In other words, it is very durable and easy to maintain. When it comes to installation, the process is quick and easy thanks to the cork floor click system. And thanks to the integrated impact sound insulation, no additional underlay is necessary.

Using modern digital printing technologies for decor printing, the product is available in many designs – in classic, large and kingsize options. From a timeless wood effect to a rustic stone look and other creative configurations, these offer great design flexibility to suit different styles. Thus, they can improve the aesthetics of a room while providing the comfort and physical properties characteristic of the floor. This makes it ideal for a wide range of applications in many areas of the home, but also for moderate commercial use, therapeutic practices or hotel rooms, among others.

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While the need for sustainable, practical and, above all, comfortable, nature-inspired spaces has been heightened during the pandemic, these design patterns are likely to persist long after. Therefore, innovative products – especially those made from natural materials – are needed to meet these new demands and demands.

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Courtesy of EGGER

To learn more about the benefits of Comfort flooring, visit the EGGER website.

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