When it comes to wood flooring, there is no other flooring type out there that can be utilized in as many ways as cork. This renewable source of wood is popular among environmentally conscious consumers because of the fact that no tree is harmed in the manufacturing process. Cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees from regions as far as Southern Europe, and can be harvested every 9-12 years by simply peeling the bark from the trees, leaving the tree unharmed. Some trees used to make flooring can live to be up to 200 years old!
Other than renewability, cork possesses several different qualities that can benefit a home in many ways. Cork has many self-healing properties that allow it to recover from minor marks or dents. If you’ve ever noticed how fast a wine cork pops back into shape when it’s released from the bottle, then you have a good idea of how springy and flexible cork is. The soft, spongy qualities in cork work great for rooms that are heavily used and stood in for long periods of time. The amount of cushion in cork floors provides great support for the joints and lower back. The spongy qualities also make it flexible and forgiving of wear and tear that falling children or dropping heavy objects could cause. For these among other reasons, cork flooring is a safeguarded flooring option which works great in rooms such as kitchens, dining areas, and child play areas.
The same spongy qualities that make the floors soft and resilient also gives cork its insulating qualities. Cork flooring is exceptionally great for trapping in heat and sound. When the seasons change, the floors keep warm even on cold winter mornings, which works great for people who love to walk barefoot around the house. Its sound dimming qualities also make it a great option for flooring underlayment in sound-proof studios.
Another unique quality that cork floors possess is the fact that it is antimicrobial. This allows it to resist growth of bacteria and other microorganisms. For allergy sufferers everywhere, cork is a dream material. Cork flooring doesn’t accrue dust and contains suberin, a natural substance that fends off mold, mildew, rot, and pests.
At simpleFLOORS, we offer a wide variety of colors and patterns of cork flooring, including eight different style choices of earth-friendly cork flooring. All of these different types of cork flooring can be easily installed using a floating click-lock system. In order to check out all of our different styles of cork flooring, go to the simpleFLOORS website and check out our Enviro Cork collection.
If you would like to talk to one of our personal flooring consultants, stop by your nearest simpleFLOORS store or give our Esales team a call at 800-220-7112.