Cork flooring is, quite simply, a fantastic building material. It’s a quickly renewable and naturally durable surface that offers excellent thermal/acoustic insulation. Now Suberra is offering recycled cork work surfaces that bring the performance of cork up to countertop level.
Suberra high-density cork slabs are made from 100% recycled post-industrial cork grain, primarily waste from the manufacturing of wine corks. The grain is highly compressed with a polyurethane binder, creating a durable, non-porous, impermeable work surface. Suberra is abrasion- and stain-resistant, will not support bacteria or fungal growth, and it’s heat resistant up to 350 degrees F (with a class B fire rating).
Suberra is perfect for a wide range of residential and commercial work surfaces, including tables, kitchen islands, countertops, and vanities, and around sinks. Suberra can be shaped and installed with standard woodworking tools and adhesives (just note that Suberra needs support from below, so it shouldn’t be used for overhanging cantilevered applications).
Suberra is priced around $24 per square foot (similar to wood butcher block surfaces) which makes it more affordable than many granite and natural stone surface materials. It can contribute points to a project’s LEED certification, including MR 6 (Rapidly Renewable), MR 4 (Recycled Content) and EQ 4.4 (No Added Urea Formaldehyde).
In the US, Suberra is sold and distributed by ECO Supply Center.
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