Cork is an amazing flooring option for many homes, ranking well in both durability and comfort. It’s grown in popularity recently for its sustainability and eco-friendly nature. Although cork is gaining recognition, it remains a choice that is often overlooked by homeowners. We want to change that! Our experts at Floor Coverings International Shallotte love cork for its many perks, some of which may be just what you’re looking for in your Southport home.
One of cork’s greatest claims to fame is how eco-friendly it is. Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree. This is a highly renewable process that does not harm the trees, meaning that they can continue to grow and produce more cork bark. This is more sustainable than the deforestation that often occurs when exotic hardwoods are forested unsustainably.
Natural cork floors have the added benefit of being both recyclable and biodegradable, meaning that once it’s time for new floors, you won’t have to worry about polluting the environment. Cork’s porous, airy material also makes it a great insulator. It could help you save on your electricity bill and energy expenditure!
Unlike the image of a soft corkboard, cork floors are quite durable. Cork is spongy by nature, but the material in your floors is combined with adhesive resins to make it strong and resistant to scratching and dents. Because of its porous nature, cork remains springy under foot while standing resilient against dents. Cork makes for a great addition in the kitchen because it’s comfortable to walk on, and it’s a forgiving material that may prevent a dropped dish from breaking.
Cork is naturally fire-resistant and is even naturally antimicrobial and resistant to mold, mildew, and insects. The downside of cork is that it is not incredibly water resistant. This is not unlike most natural floors. As long as you clean up a spill quickly, your cork floors will be fine. Cork that is reinforced with wax resin, or that which has a vinyl top coating will be much more water resistant.
Thanks to its popularity in many eco-friendly homes, cork has become a stylish commodity. It comes in a variety of natural tones and patterns, and can be stained different colors. It can make a great statement in a living room or create a warm, natural look in a kitchen. While it can be a little pricier than other floors, a properly maintained cork floor will last for a very long time.
Call Your Local Cork Experts Today
Cork could be a great addition to your Southport home! Call Floor Coverings International Shallotte for a free in-home design consultation and learn more about our cork flooring options. We proudly serve the greater Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James areas.
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