Everyone has heard of popping the cork on a wine bottle or simply recapping an open bottle of soda with a cork plug, but who ever heard of using cork as a flooring material. Cork flooring has a unique quality about it that probably no other type of flooring has. Cork has a natural sound absorbing ability; therefore, a home that is equipped with cork flooring automatically has a much quieter and restful atmosphere throughout the whole home. Who doesn't crave a little more tranquility in their life?
Unlike the beautiful natural wood flooring that we are accustomed to installing in our homes, cork floors do not necessitate the cutting down of any of our precious trees. The bark of the cork tree is just carefully stripped away from the tree. The next phase is just about unbelievable; the cork tree does not die. Instead the bark of the tree regenerates itself in an incredible period of only about nine years. Is this amazing?
Walking on natural cork flooring is a treat. These floors are soft and yielding under your feet. If by some chance a high heel shoe should leave an indentation in the cork, the mark will quickly disappear as soon as the foot is moved to another location.. No matter how much the children and their friends play with their varied assortment of toys, they cannot permanently scratch or dent a cork floor. Not only that, but the winter's icy cold temperatures will not be transferred through a natural cork floor. This insures that not only the children, but everyone, who happens to sit or step barefooted on a cork floor will not have a chilling experience. Heavy object, however, if left for a long period of time in the same spot will cause damage to a cork floor.
So, the next time you are considering the replacement of a floor in your home, why not give cork flooring a try?