Eco-friendly building materials have been surging in popularity recently, and floor coverings are no exception. If you’re considering new floors for your Orleans home, take a look at cork. In addition to being a renewable resource, cork flooring is soft underfoot, hypoallergenic, and naturally warm and inviting.
Learn more about cork flooring below, and contact our team at Floor Coverings International Ottawa East for a free in-home design consultation when you’re ready to get started.
Cork Flooring Facts
Cork flooring comes from the bark of cork trees grown throughout southern Europe and Northern Africa. The bark regenerates within ten years after harvest, and the cork tree can live up to 200 years, making this a sustainable and highly renewable resource.
In addition to its warm natural color and trendy appearance, cork flooring boasts a long list of benefits. It can be dyed or stained to any color, and it’s available in tiles, planks, or custom shapes to really personalize a space.
Cork is a soft surface that tends to bounce back underfoot. It’s a great option for kitchens, home gyms, and any other room in the house where you spend a lot of time on your feet. It’s a durable surface, and naturally water resistant. The absorption qualities of cork also make it great at muffling noise and retaining warmth. Homeowners used to the chilly Orleans winters will appreciate the floors’ ability to stay at room temperature.
Families with allergy considerations will benefit from the hypoallergenic properties of cork. This material naturally fends off mold, mildew, rot, and pests, and the surface will repel dust.
Considerations for Cork Flooring
The absorption qualities that make cork so popular have some drawbacks as well. The floor can be damaged by heavy furniture and dropping items. It’s recommended that homeowners use furniture coasters and felt pads to limit the risk of damage. Cork flooring can fade in direct sunlight and can be permanently damaged by standing water. Cork floors should only be installed above grade, and spills should be cleaned up right away.
Cork flooring is a warm and inviting option that will stand the test of time in your Orleans home. Our team at Floor Coverings International Ottawa East would love to discuss cork and other eco-friendly flooring options with you. Give us a call to schedule your free in-home consultation.
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