Cork flooring produces a comfortable, pleasant walking surface. When the need for a comfortable surface exists, cork flooring makes an excellent choice. Children’s play areas are also well suited for a cork floor.
Cork contains a natural substance called suberin that inhibits the growth of mold and prevents a floor made of cork from rotting. Heating costs are reduced because cork has natural insulation properties. It is also naturally resistant to fire and does not release toxic chemicals and gasses when combusting. Properly maintained, cork is a very durable material.
Advantages of cork
Benefits of cork include no harm to trees in the extraction process. Cork can be used over systems of radiant heat. This flooring is installed just as glass mosaic tile and regular ceramic. Uneven surfaces do not cause installation problems. Cork can be installed over linoleum or wood floors already in existence. Retrofitted buildings are an excellent place for cork flooring. It performs well under heavy furnishings.
Cork is environmentally friendly
Cork is an environmentally friendly floor option. It can be used as almost any floor application. It is a modern and stylish choice in kitchen flooring as it resists spills and stains, which are common hazards in busy kitchens.
Being a natural product means the features, patterns, and colors in each piece of cork flooring are unique. During the firing process, color pigment is added as a background color. Higher temperatures yield darker colors. Cork can be dyed or stained any color which means the aesthetic options are quite plentiful.
Cork is one of the hottest flooring products on the market today and many people think it is a new concept. However, it is a resurgent trend. Buildings more than 100 years old have installed cork flooring that is still used today. The Library of Congress serves as one such example. The average life expectancy of cork is 120 to 200 years. Floors and More carries cork flooring from US Floors. Visit our showroom in Benton, AR and meet with a flooring expert to see how cork would be a great option for your home.