Cork Flooring Offers The Best Of Every Flooring Option

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Choosing flooring for the home these days can be a daunting task with so many flooring materials available. As one of the larger investments to be made in the home, it is important to make the right choice since errors are sure to be costly. Different flooring materials have different qualities, pros and cons that make some more desirable than others depending on the location. Flooring that is ideal for the kitchen may not be as welcome in a bedroom. The needs for high traffic areas are different from those areas less used.

There is one type of flooring that can be used in every room of the house with beautiful, durable results: cork flooring. More durable and easier to maintain than carpet, warmer than tile, and with acoustic qualities and water resistance that aren't offered by wood floors, cork is the flooring that has all of the advantages of every other type of flooring and more without the disadvantages. For even greater appeal, cork is an entirely renewable and sustainable resource you can feel good about having in your home.

Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree that grows in ancient Mediterranean forests. It is removed by hand from trees that are 25 years old or older without damage to the trees that re-grow the bark for another harvest after nine to twelve years. A tree can be repeatedly harvested for 250 years during which time it remains standing in old growth forests providing habitats for wildlife and livelihoods for the communities.

Cork has unique qualities and structure that make it a wonderful flooring material beyond its natural, warm beauty. It has a honeycomb-like structure with microscopic air pockets that allow it to be compressed without harm and then bounce back to its original shape. This offers a cushioned surface that makes it a perfect choice for the kitchen where one spends long periods standing. It also makes it a good choice for a children's playroom since it both resists and protects from impact. The unique cellular structure insulates as well for added comfort and energy efficiency as well as sound absorption.

Cork contains a naturally waxy substance called suberin that makes it fluid resistance and thus ideal for locations where moisture might be an issue such as kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. It also makes cork flooring naturally resistant to molds, mildews, and insects such as dust mites that cause allergic reactions.

Beautiful in appearance, comfortable under foot, suitable for every space, and the most environmentally friendly flooring option on the market, cork flooring offers the best of every option.
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This article was published on 2010/10/21