Cork Flooring Combines Style and Sustainability
Cork floors are loved by environmentalists, interior designers and homeowners alike. Ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, cork flooring is an environmentally sustainable flooring option that can be used in any room that calls for something unique, sophisticated, and comfortable.
Cork is natural, harvested from the bark of cork oak trees. The trees must be at least 25 years old to ensure the harvesting process is sustainable, and the manufacturing process generates almost zero waste.
Cork is a great flooring material for the same reasons it’s a great wine stopper; it performs well under pressure, expands after being compressed, and doesn’t collapse. Plus, millions of tiny air-filled chambers make cork a natural acoustic insulator.
With just basic maintenance, a cork floor can last for many years. If, however, you see a little wear and tear in some areas, don’t worry! Cork can be sanded, stained and sealed to remove imperfections and give it a new look.
Normally seen in variations of the natural cork coloring, cork is available in an array of colors from the subtle to the arresting. Its look also varies in the way it is cut and applied. Available as both planks and tiles, the different styles impact a room the minute you walk in.
- Care & Maintenance
If you’re looking for a “green” flooring option, cork is a natural material harvested from the bark of cork oak trees.
Cork is fire-resistant, anti-microbial, hypoallergenic, resistant to mold, and contains a natural substance that prevents rot.
Cork bounces back with each step, providing a comfy cushioning under your feet. It also reduces noise levels in the room.
Care & Maintenance
Sweep or vacuum cork to remove dirt and debris and use a damp mop as needed. Wipe up spills right away.
Like hardwood, cork flooring can be sanded, stained and sealed to remove imperfections and give it a new look.
Mats & Rugs
Place a door mat in the entrance to help stop dirt from being tracked in. Use rugs in kitchen areas that get excess usage.
What type of cork flooring is right for me?
Want something different and unique? With all the color, style and sizes available, cork flooring can look smooth and seamless or funky and artistic. The wide variety of patterns includes swirls or stripes, and the natural color can range from a light tan to a dark brown. Add character to a room by using a contrasting color to create a border or alternate colored tiles to make a geometric pattern.
If you have kids, cork works great in areas where playing on the floor is encouraged. If you cook a lot, install cork in your kitchen and your feet will thank you. Since cork “gives” with each step, you’ll have a comfy cushioning under your feet wherever you walk or stand.
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