Cork flooring

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Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is made out of the bark of cork oak trees. It has increased in popularity due to its durability, aesthetics and unique features. Additionally, the “green factor” of cork also helped its increase in use as it is seen as a renewable resource and an alternative to hardwood. If you are considering cork flooring, these are some things to look out for.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages 

Cork being a soft material, allows it to provide a comfortable cushioned foot feel for your home. It is also a good insulator which helps to regulate the temperature of the room that you install it in. Cork flooring can also be refinished which allows for easy repairs. It also has antimicrobial and hypoallergenic properties and is easy to install and maintain.

Disadvantages

Cork’s soft nature also causes it to be susceptible to damage. It can dent from the prolonged pressure of heavy furniture and can be damaged by pets’ claws. Cork, being a natural material, also requires water sealing as it is porous. Without water sealing, cork would be water damaged and mouldy.

Maintenance of Cork Flooring

If you choose to go with cork flooring, ensure that a good sealer is used to seal the surface. Cork flooring is relatively easy to take care of as dirt can be removed by vacuuming and sweeping. However, in the event of a spill, it must be cleaned immediately as it can stain the cork. Cork, while being simple to care for, is easily damaged by pets’ nails and heavy furniture and can be discoloured by sunlight. Therefore, when opting for cork flooring, you must keep in mind that there are many precautions that you must take to maintain it. Repairing cork is also relatively easy as it can be refinished in the event of any damage.

Costs

The cost of cork can vary greatly due to the thickness and quality. Professional installation is cheaper than most flooring solutions and is comparable to vinyl. Therefore, if you do opt for cork flooring in your home, it is a budget friendly option but will need a lot of preparation to maintain it.

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