Cork is one of the best substances around when it comes to flooring. As you can imagine, it is extremely comfortable to walk on, which is fantastic news for people with foot or back pain. The problem is that there are not many people who know about cork flooring or its many benefits. There has been a tremendous surge of information in the last ten years that has made cork more widely known. This is probably due to the information age that we live in, brought about by the internet. Now that people are learning about the many natural benefits of cork floors, the demand is sharply increasing. Jump on the cork bandwagon and see for yourself.
Comfortable to walk on
Natural insect repellent
Naturally mold and germ resistant
Naturally fire resistant
Completely renewable source of flooring
What’s That You Say?
Anyone who has a bad back, achy knees, or painful feet can appreciate the natural softness of cork as compared to any other type of flooring. It is also harder to break objects when dropped on cork. After a long day at work, you will really appreciate your cork floor. It is also appreciated by apartment dwellers because cork is a natural noise muffler. It helps trap sound and your down stairs neighbors will not hear a thing, no matter what you are doing.
Don’t Bug Me
Cork naturally repels insects. It is one of those few growing things in nature that they do not like. Since cork is actually the bark of the Cork Oak Tree, a tree that produces its own insect repellent, it is an excellent choice for those who live near water where insects thrive. The natural chemical Suberin repels even termites so that it is sure to last. It is also a natural anti-microbial, which makes it mold and germ resistant.
Snap To It
Just when we thought that cork could not be more perfect for your floors, we find out that it is fire resistant. If you choose plank cork, or cork that comes in planks, you can save a ton of money on installation by laying our own floating floor. The planks come with click and lock technology so that they fit together perfectly with no adhesive needed. This means that you do not have to inhale all of those foul smelling chemicals during installation. It also comes in standard and mosaic tiles.
A Toast To The Popped Cork
The first recorded use of cork was for fishing boats in 3000 BC. Since then, it has been highly neglected as a manufacturing resource until 300 years ago when Benedictine monk Dom Perignon used it as a cork for his champagne. This is unusual since it is one of the few renewable resources. Cork is bark cut from the Cork Oak Tree. They are very careful to take only 50% of the bark cork so that they do not impede the tree’s future growth. One tree can live up to 200 years and the bark re-grows in just nine. Since the tree must be 25 years old before the cork can be harvested, one tree can yield approximately 20 times during its life cycle.
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