Cork Flooring Advantages and
The Pros and Cons of Cork Flooring
By Mark J. Donovan
Cork flooring is one of the best flooring
materials you can choose for your home. Cork
flooring tiles are an excellent choice for
kitchens, bathrooms, music rooms and bonus /
Cork Flooring Advantages
Cork flooring is highly water resistant making it
an excellent flooring option for kitchens and
bathrooms. In addition, due to the fact that cork
is a flexible material, it is an excellent
flooring material in kitchens where there is the
tendency to drop items. Unlike a ceramic tile
floor, cork flooring tiles wonít crack when you
drop a glass on them.
Also, because cork
material is flexible, it works as a great sound damper. Consequently it is
ideal for rooms that would otherwise have the tendency to be loud, such as
in a music room, or family room with a large vaulted ceiling.
Cork flooring is also an
excellent insulating material due to the fact that there are micro air pockets
in it. Coupled with the fact that it is water resistant, Cork is an ideal
flooring material for concrete slab floors.
Cork flooring tiles
are also easy to care for. A well polyurethane coated cork floor only
requires regular sweeping or vacuuming. Liquid spills can be cleaned up with
a damp cloth or rag.
Cork flooring is also
anti-allergenic and highly abrasion resistant. In addition, cork flooring is
Cork flooring is also
environmentally friendly due to the fact that only the cork bark is
harvested, and not the tree itself.
Cork flooring tiles also come in a myriad of
colors, patterns and sizes. They can be purchased
with beveled edges or pre-sealed with a
Due to the fact that cork
is a softer material, permanent dents can be left behind. Thus the legs of heavy
furniture, such as sofas and chairs, should have furniture pads placed
Also, like with any wood flooring water should not be left standing
on it. Thus cork flooring should not be used in the basement.
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Cork Flooring Costs and
Cork flooring is easy to
install and is competitively priced relative to hardwood flooring or higher
quality laminate flooring.
It is installed with glue
and can easily be cut to work around corners.
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