With so many great benefits, it's hard not to consider cork flooring.
Benefits of Cork Flooring
One would be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn't know what cork is. Mention the word and some will associate it with wine, others with school days and bulletin boards, and still others, with sound-proof ceilings like those found in recording studios. The number is smaller who think of cork as a type of flooring. But that is about to change as homeowners learn the seemingly endless benefits of installing cork flooring.
Cork has lots of spring and flex, or else those corks would never fit in a bottle of wine. This same quality translates into shock absorbency when used in flooring which makes it comfortable for anyone spending time on their feet, like the cook of the house preparing dinner in the kitchen or a fitness enthusiast working out in a home gym. It also holds heat, so it makes the home cozy and comfy when the cold winter rages outside while holding down energy costs. And since it never feels hot or cold to the touch, it's great for those who shed their shoes upon entering the house.
The same porous quality that enables cork to hold heat, muffles sound. That's why it's used in the ceilings of auditoriums in cinema multiplexes. When laid in children's upstairs bedrooms, it lets them be as noisy as they like without disturbing big brother texting in the kitchen, or mom and dad watching TV in the family room.
The bounce back quality that saves dropped china makes cork durable and dent resistant so it stands up to heavy furniture or appliances that sit on it. It even fights the good fight against the rat-a-tat-tat of being walked on in high heeled shoes. However care should be taken when moving furniture, lest the process of dragging a table across the dining room floor take a chunk out of it. It also wouldn't hurt to place protective coasters under the legs of couches and heavy desks that are in one place for extended periods of time.
Choosing cork flooring saves trees. That's because the cork used is harvested from the bark of cork trees. It does no harm to trees, leaving them intact so they can regenerate their bark over time.
Cork floors can be placed in any room of the house even damp ones like bathrooms and laundry rooms. Its natural waxiness makes it hydrophobic which means it's difficult to make it wet. Furthermore, it's been found that one cubic inch of cork contains millions of cells of suberin, a gas that makes it virtually impermeable to biological intrusions which not only makes it hypoallergenic but makes it very difficult for mold to survive on it. Granted, mold will grow anywhere it finds food and moisture but cork's near impermeability makes the odds of its becoming moldy slim.