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Natural Cork Flooring: Beautiful, Durable and Oh So Eco-Friendly
5 Reasons To Consider Cork Flooring
If you're looking to do a "floor makeover," instead of heading to the carpet, wood or ceramic tile section of your local home décor center, consider natural cork flooring.
True, there are many considerations when choosing the right flooring for your home . . . qualities you'll no doubt want are durability, beauty, affordability and if you're "green-minded," you'll want your flooring to be eco-friendly.
Warm and soft on the feet, beautiful to the eye and kind to the environment, cork floor tiles are a natural choice.
Did You Know?
Cork Flooring is a post-industrial by-product of the bottle-stopper industry.
Wanna Know Where Cork Comes From? - "Ode To Cork Floors"
#1: Durable & Resilient - Natural Cork Flooring Offers Durability
Cork flooring is impact resistant and extremely durable. Unlike most wood flooring cork floor tiles resist dents and scratches.
It's also lightweight which means you can install it on any type of subfloor. Additionally, it is water resistant which means it won't suffer water damage as easily as other types of floors.
Natural Cork Flooring Offers Affordability
Natural Cork flooring can fit most budgets.
Basic cork tiles start around $5.00 to $6.00 per square foot and vary depending on the choice of finish and the size of planks or tiles.
And because it's fairly easy to install, do-it-yourselfers can save a lot of money on installation.
Natural Cork Flooring Sports Health & Safety Benefits
Cork is naturally hypo-allergenic and mold-and-mildew resistant. Which makes cork flooring excellent for people with allergies and sensitivities . . . unlike carpet, which can collect pollen, pollutants and dust mites.
Cork also contains suberin, a natural insect repellent. Why would you want your floor to repel insects? Think termites. What's better than a beautiful, natural floor that repels termites rather than attracting them?
As flooring it is also flame retardant and does not produce static electricity.
#4: Easily Customizable - Natural Cork Flooring Can Reflect Your Personal Style
Cork flooring can be customized to fit every lifestyle and dÃ©cor choice. It comes in an array of colors and designs and installed as tiles or planks, which creates a variety of pattern options.
It can even be stenciled, similar to photo above.
#5: A Renewable Resource - Natural Cork Flooring Is Oh-So Eco-Friendly
No doubt about it . . . cork flooring is a renewable and sustainable product. Instead of having to cut down a tree, cork bark is 'stripped' off by highly skilled workers, allowing new bark to grow in its place without killing or damaging the trees.
The really cool thing . . . . after each stripping, the cork oak tree fully regenerates its precious bark and is harvested once every 9 to 10 years until the tree is approximately 200 years old.
Another great feature is that it's bio-degradable, which means you don't have to feel guilty when your flooring has reached the end of its life and needs to be replaced.