On the decks of boats is where SeaCork is truly at home. It’s our beginning, the mainstay of our product selection, and SeaCork can be found on thousands of boats around the world, from RIB tenders to stately 140 foot schooners. The advantages of cork flooring on a boat are hard to overstate: durability, traction,…
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This catamaran had vinyl-type non-skid decals on them in a light brown. They had worn away substantially, and were incredibly hot underfoot in direct sun. The owner was looking for a replacement material that would be cooler on the feet, give excellent grip even when wet, and give some cushion (both sound and compression) in…
A nice addition to the deck of this fine RIB touring boat! The decks were white, boring, and most notably, slippery. Wet shoes or a little bit of spray was all it took to have guests grabbing each other for stability, or making risky maneuvers to board the craft. SeaCork decking has made a world…
This was a smallish project that paid huge dividends, as the look and feel of this aging production sailboat was renewed completely by the addition of cork in the cockpit and swim step. Take a look at the before and after photos. Spectacular!
- There is no need for expensive power saws, routers, etc. when installing a Seacork floor. A sharp utility knife, pen and straight edge are about all you will need. A Dremel tool and some power sanding tools might be helpful, depending on your desired finished product. After creating proper templates for your pieces, it’s simply a matter of cutting, light sanding, cleaning of the surface, and glueing in place. This site has helpful step-by-step instructions for various kinds of projects, so you know what to expect and can avoid any issues. These projects are easily handled by a moderately skilled Do-It-Yourselfer.
- The key to lasting durability of a cork floor is dirt management. If you regularly sweep or vacuum your cork floor, and put out floor rugs near entryways to prevent tracked in dirt, your cork floor will require very little additional maintenance. The regimen will depend largely on the installation and finish you choose. At one end of the spectrum is an unfinished cork area on the transom of a boat. Regular scrubbing with sea water, every 4-6 days, will result in a very clean and tidy appearance, although the cork will fade to natural gray color, just like teak. At the other end of the spectrum is a cork shower floor installation, which because of constant rinsing, will likely never need any additional maintenance.
- Cork flooring is actually made from the cultivated waste of the cork wine-stopper manufacturing process, so it is a recycled product. Cork harvesting does not harm the trees, and is a highly regulated process to ensure sustainability. Bottle stopper “corks” are punched from the best material in the harvested cork bark slabs. The remaining material is then ground into smaller granules, mixed with a non-toxic resin binder, molded into large blocks and baked in specialized ovens – making use of every scrap of cork bark. There is practically no waste from the harvesting of the raw material to the manufacturing of flooring.
Some Features of Cork Flooring
- Comfortable Underfoot, Easy on Your Body
- Resilient to Abuse, Including High Heels and Hammers
- Absorbs and Attenuates Sound and Vibration
- Excellent insulator of both Temperature and Sound
- Asorbs Very Little Heat, Maintaining Barefoot Comfort in Direct Sun
- Produces an Excellent Non-Slip Surface, Even When Wet
- Resists Stains and Liquids, Mold and Mildew
- Resists Fire, and is Unattractive to Termites, Ants and other Insects
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What clients are saying about SeaCork
We couldn't be happier. It's soft and quiet underfoot, doesn't get hot in the sun, and is easy to care for. I was so impressed, not only have we added more cork to the boat, I built this website so others could discover SeaCork too! ☆☆☆☆☆ Randy F. - San Diego, CA
From the low maintenance, traditional look, cushion and thermal comfort, Sea Cork fits all our needs. Additional benefits include safety because of its nonslip properties, even when wet, and its tolerance of spills and salt water. Thad N. - San Diego, CA
I am surprised that more people have not chosen cork as a replacement for teak. We extensively researched the alternatives to teak and concluded that cork was by far the best choice. We did all the work ourselves. If anyone is interested in knowing more about this amazing material I am more than happy to respond. Deb C. - S/V Beedahbun
Went together just like it was supposed to. Easy and clean, with minimal tool work. It's a great improvement over what was there, and the crew love how sure-footed it is. Highly recommended. Ray P. - San Diego, CA