Cork flooring is a natural product made from the bark of cork oak trees. This bark is ground up, processed into sheets, and then baked in a kiln. This process produces cork tiles or planks that can be used for a variety of flooring applications. Since the harvesting process for cork oak used in flooring is strictly regulated, cork flooring is a safe and natural flooring option for various applications within your home or office.
Cork Offers Strength and Resiliency Right Down to the Cell
Cork is a very resilient flooring because it can absorb shock and pressure efficiently due to its cellular composition, making it a great option for high traffic areas in the home. Rather than cracking like tile or being dinged up like hardwood, cork flooring can absorb the impact of an object. Cork is made up of microscopic air pockets that allow the flooring to be soft underfoot, while also being able to withstand pressure from heavier objects such as furniture.
This memory that cork flooring has also makes it great for pets and won’t become scratched up by their claws like hardwood flooring. The impact resistance of cork flooring also makes it a great option for a playroom or child’s bedroom due to its cushioning abilities. Cork also offers the ability to retain heat, making it great for a drafty room or even a garage workshop where insulation may be lacking.
This type of flooring contains suberin which naturally repels mold, mildew, pests, as well as dust particles, making it a great option for allergy sufferers and a safe option for kids and pets. Cork flooring is also relatively easy to maintain with weekly sweeping and light cleaning with a damp mop and plain water. Cork has natural water-resistant properties, but is not recommended for excessively wet areas.
Budget-Friendly Installation and Versatile Styles
In addition to cork’s resiliency and safe cushioning, it is also an easy to install option for your home or office. Cork flooring can be installed over most dry and level surfaces such as tile, wooden subflooring and even concrete and it does not require the extra step of installing an underlayment prior to installation, making cork flooring a cost-effective option.
Cork flooring offers many natural variations in tone and texture that create a unique look not common in other types of flooring. If the natural tans and browns aren’t your style, cork can be dyed a wide range of colors to suit your home or office color scheme.
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