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Natural Cork Flooring . . . Beautiful, Durable and Oh-So Eco-Friendly

Updated on October 20, 2014

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.

#2: Economical

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.

#3: Hypo-Allergenic

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 décor 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.

See How Cork Is Harvested From the Cork Oak Tree

More Interesting Facts About Cork For Flooring

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Contains information on all types of flooring surfaces, both indoors and outdoors, and covers every aspect of the process -- from design and planning to finishing and repair. New in this edition, presents installation sequences for the most popular new flooring trends, including bamboo and cork.

 

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Design Ideas for Flooring

Design Ideas for Flooring is the ultimate guide to the latest materials, products, and styles in flooring. With 450 color photographs, Design Ideas for Flooring amply illustrates every choice in flooring . . . loaded with special tips and advice for the kind of floor, from both a design and a durability perspective

 

Would You Consider Cork Flooring for Your Next Floor Make-Over? - Or, Let Me Know You Stopped By . . .

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      Johann The Dog 5 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Love cork flooring! Thanks for all the info.

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      chadap 5 years ago

      impressive cork flooring and i love the back ground template as well.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens, i'm definitely having cork flooring installed in my home. The fact it doesn't attract pollutants and is anti static means it would be great for my music studio too.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We added it to our basement floor and it worked very well.

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      renee7 7 years ago

      While cork flooring may not work in every application, it is certainly a great choice for many rooms in the home. Thanks for all of the wonderful informaiton.

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      davis66 7 years ago

      I love that more and more people are considering sustainability as they are remodeling their homes. Nice lens.

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      davis66 7 years ago

      I love the practice of decorating sustainable, and cork fits the sustainability bill! Nice lens.

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      AppalachianCoun 7 years ago

      Great lens and full of info. 5*

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      Demaw 7 years ago

      Yes, I have been looking into it for my kitchen. 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You got to love cork flooring!

      http://www.corkflooringpros.com

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      Alisha Vargas 7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I've heard a lot about cork but never knew it was so wonderful! I love that they don't have to kill the trees for us to have nice floors!

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      Interesting and informative len. Sounds like cork is a real winner when it comes to flooring projects. I too love the customized cork floor. It's gorgeous.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Great Idea! I don't believe I have ever seen this type of floor before! The customized floor photo is really pretty!