Cork flooring consists of a natural and renewable material that’s harvested from the bark of cork oak trees. Cork Flooring has experienced an uptrend in popularity in the U.S. because of its sustained durability, an increased selection of looks, and eco-friendly appeal. Here are some reasons why you should consider cork flooring as a viable option for your home or office.
Cork resists cracking and abrasions and holds up incredibly well against liquids. Cork also has the ability to retain its pristine form when furniture has been placed on it, so there won’t be any indent marks from furniture. When properly maintained, cork flooring can last a lifetime.
Cork material is naturally resistant to mold, mildew, and is antimicrobial. The air quality in your home will benefit tremendously because cork flooring doesn’t shed any microfibers like other floor covers which also provide the same amount of warmth on your feet.
Cork will only melt or ignite at incredibly high temperatures. In the event of a combustion, cork generates less smoke and releases far less toxic material than composite flooring options such as vinyl or laminate.
Cork flooring is easier on your feet because it allows for some give when under pressure. It also contains more insulation, which can lead to a warmer home. This is a strong factor to consider, especially for those who live in cold-weather states like Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Cork is available in tiles and planks in different styles, colors, and sizes. What was once only available in bulletin board style, cork planks can now create a seamless looking floor, while tile can provide an incredibly unique look by having alternative colors and patterns.
The pattern and color of cork are able to penetrate the wear on the material, so your floor will always retain its durability and appearance, and will last far longer than other comfort materials like carpet.
Cork has a considerably less environmental impact on the ecosystem. The manufacturing process for cork generates almost no waste and the leftover materials are constantly being reused and bound together. Cork Oak Trees do not need to be cut down to harvest the bark which is used for producing cork floors.
Do you have questions about cork floors? Since 2003, Unique Wood Floors has served home and business owners in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area. Contact our company online or by phone, or visit one of our two Twin Cities showrooms in Bloomington & Hopkins. We are looking forward to hearing from you!