Cork Flooring Beauty – Environmentally-Friendly Too!

Cork Flooring Beauty – Environmentally-Friendly Too!

Growing Popularity

That wood flooring is gaining popularity is well known. When home owners see just

how beautiful and inexpensive a natural wood floor is they are keen to

get it installed in their own home. Hardwood flooring is the first

choice for most when they are looking at installing a wooden floor in

their home, Oak and Cherry because of the variety of colors

and shades are two popular choices, sometimes a more exotic hardwood like

Bamboo is the hardwood of choice. But one environmentally

friendly choice is also available and that is cork. Cork has

been around for centuries and used for floors for a very long time and

for a number of reasons,among those reasons is the fact that it is a very long lasting product and

that it comes from a renewable resource.


Cork is harvested from the bark of cork trees, which are a variety of Oak

The cork is gathered through stripping off the bark on the outside of the trunk,

this regenerates in about six years ready for harvesting again.

This means that rather than cutting down a tree just once for material,

cork farms can strip the bark away again and again; there are still

trees being used in bark harvesting that are around 200 years old! For

for those of us who care about the environment, this makes cork

flooring an ideal material, since it comes from a renewable resource. Even for

those who have not considered the source of the material, cork flooring

is a wonderful alternative for hardwood floors.


Often when we think of cork, we think of the soft material used in cork

boards but in reality Cork is one of the strongest materials used. Not

only is it scuff resistant, it is elastic and hard to damage under

normal circumstances, but it also resists water penetration, unlike

other hardwood floors, so it is ideal for bathrooms and kitchens, for

this reason too, it is used as stoppers in wine bottles. Because of the

hard wearing qualities of Cork, there are flooring

installations that have lasted for over 100 years. It is also one of

the floorings of choice used in the United States Library of Congress.

Cork has excellent insulating properties, so good in fact that it can

help reduce heating or cooling costs. This makes it a very good

flooring material for basement floors for example. Cork

flooring is a good sound insulator too, a fact well known in the

building industry for years and useful for home owners in reducing

noise transfer from floor to floor.


Cork flooring has a mottled appearance that we are all familiar with and

which makes it different from all of the other wood floors. It comes in

a variety of patterns and colors that you can select from to match your

own particular decorating style. Because of it’s elastic nature Cork

flooring is comfortable and quiet to walk on. – ideal for apartment


Health Concerns.

Cork flooring is much more than just an environmentally friendly material,

it is a naturally hypo-allergenic substance which does not

support the growth of mold or mildew , it does not

produce toxins or shed any fibres and it is antistatic. All of these

properties are good news for those people who suffer from allergies