Cork flooring has been surging in popularity over the past few years. The eco-friendly characteristics make it a perfect material for our Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview customers that are interested in sustainable building resources.
Read some of the benefits and considerations of cork flooring to determine if this might be the right option for you.
Cork flooring is derived from the bark of the cork tree, grown primarily in Portugal and across Southern Europe and North Africa. In harvesting, the bark of the tree is peeled away and the tree is left to regenerate its bark over nine years. Cork trees can live for a couple hundred years, making this a highly renewable resource.
Cork flooring has excellent thermal and acoustic qualities, retaining warmth and absorbing sounds waves. Cork is an energy efficient option in the summer as well, providing a cool, natural feeling.
The soft, springy quality of cork makes is a great choice for spaces where you spend a lot of time on your feet, such as a kitchen or home gym. This also makes it resistant to dings and scratches from dropping objects.
For families with allergy considerations, cork is a perfect solution as a hypoallergenic material that doesn’t accrue dust and is naturally resistant to mold, mildew, rot, and pests.
While benefits of cork abound, there are some considerations to keep in mind when selecting cork flooring for your home. While it naturally repels moisture, standing water can damage cork and it is not generally recommended for spaces where water can accumulate, such as a laundry room or basement.
The shock absorbent benefits of cork can also make it susceptible to damage from dragging furniture, or denting from the weight of furniture. Crumbs and debris can also scar the floors surface over time. Using furniture coasters and cleaning regularly will ensure your cork floors stay in excellent condition.
The natural tone and texture of cork flooring make it a warm and inviting option for any home in the Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview area. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Moncton are ready to help you select your cork flooring today. Contact us for a free design consultation.
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