What Is It?
When we think of cork a bulletin might come to mind, or perhaps a cork stopper used to seal a wine bottle. Made from the bark of Cork Oak trees, the same cork used to make the above-mentioned tools is also used to make cork flooring. Cork is known for being highly impenetrable and eco-friendly. Below we’ll discuss its distinct advantages, and outline a few points you should keep in mind if you’re looking to add this material to your Shallotte home.
Cork Flooring Advantages
Withstands Foot Traffic—Cork has a naturally textured appearance, which helps to hide dirt, dust, stains, and marks. It’s a great choice for busy homes with children and pets because scratches tend to blend in with its natural pattern. Its durability is one reason it’s frequently installed in commercial settings, but its appearance allows it to easily transfer from a commercial to residential space.
Hypoallergenic—As previously mentioned, cork is almost completely impenetrable and resists mold, mildew, and dust. For homeowners that have allergies this type of flooring is an especially great choice.
Eco-Friendly—Interestingly, the manufacture of cork flooring doesn’t require the cutting down of cork trees, which results in a flooring option that’s highly sustainable. The bark of cork trees is stripped from their trunks seasonally and the trees continue to grow. Additionally, cork products can be recycled.
Design Options—Cork flooring is available in a wide range of colors and grain patterns, so it offers a great deal of design versatility. Depending on the variety of cork tree your cork flooring is made out of, you can expect different color profiles and pattern variations. Oftentimes, when we choose an eco-friendly option we assume our choices will be limited, but this isn’t the case with cork.
Cork Flooring Precautions
Can Be Expensive— Cork flooring can be pricey due to its high quality, although many homeowners find it to be a worthwhile investment. It’s likely to raise the value of your home if you ever decide to sell, which is a great assurance if you decide on this type of flooring.
Susceptible to Dents—Homeowners have found that the legs of large, heavy furniture sometimes dent their cork flooring over the course of many years. One preventive measure could be to use furniture pads under the legs of large couches or bookshelves. You could also change the position of furniture slightly every few years.
Here at Floor Coverings International Shallotte we’d love to help you find the right cork flooring for your home. If you’re interested in eco-friendly floors, bamboo flooring and wool carpet are also great options. We also offer a wide range of hardwood flooring styles. Our design experts proudly serve the greater Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James areas and will happily come to you for a free consultation. Call us today!
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