Great Reasons to Consider Cork Flooring for Your Home

August 22, 2012

Cork flooring is fast becoming the choice of eco conscious homeowners everywhere and for good reason. As attractive as the more conventional hardwood options it has a number of other benefits that make it an ideal choice for almost any room. Here are just a few of them:

Sound Absorption – As natural cork is created the bark of the cork tree rather than the wood itself it possesses natural sound absorption properties, which is why it has been the flooring of choice for libraries and hospitals for decades.

Insulation – In a time when rising energy costs are on everyone’s mind the insulating properties of natural cork can really help keep those high costs in check.

Shock Absorption – Cork’s natural “sponginess” means it is a great shock absorber, great for kitchens where most people spend a good deal of time on their feet at the stove

Durability – Cork flooring is very durable, which may surprise some people since to the touch it may seem softer than hardwood or ceramic tile flooring options.

A Renewable ResourceCork flooring is a great renewable resource, something that is very important for the wellbeing of the environment. Cork is made only from the bark of the cork tree which grows back relatively quickly. The average cork tree can be safely harvested eight to ten times over the course of its lifetime.

Naturally Insect and Mold Repellent – However hard you try most homes are subject to the intrusion of an uninvited buggy guest or two. A naturally occurring substance in cork called suberin not only repels creepy crawlies but mold and mildew as well, making cork flooring a great choice for homes where people with allergies live.

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