What Is Cork Flooring ?

Cork is a great product to provide an Eco-friendly flooring that currently rides high on the trend for “green” interior options. It offers aesthetic and functional benefits such as a soft, cushiony surface, a selection of natural colors, and hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial proprieties.

“Whether in a traditional, contemporary or transitional space, the overall environmental concept reflects cork’s practicality, versatility and its beauty, making it the perfect choice for today’s interiors.”

Candice Olson ~ Divine Design HGTV

A Natural Choice

Everyone wants their home to be a safe and healthy place. Cork is the naturally healthy choice. It organically repels dust, germs and mold. It’s maintained without any harsh chemicals or cleaners, making it the practical choice for any room, especially bathrooms, kitchens and kids’ rooms.That is why it is a perfect choice for a Nursery.

A perfect product for your  Nursery.

A perfect product for your Nursery.

Suberin is a waxy substance found in higher plants. Suberin is a main constituent of cork, and is named after the Cork Oak, Quercus suber. The compounds in suberin are cross-linked into tight three-dimensional networks that strengthen cell walls and provide resistance to fungal and bacterial attack. This property of suberin makes cork flooring allergen free. Mold spores cannot form on cork flooring. Mold spores are one of the most serious triggers for allergic rhinitis (Hay Fever)And finally, suberin in cork flooring makes the flooring fire retardant.  

Peace and Quiet

The complex structure of cork makes it perfect sound insulator for your home. Because cork absorbs vibrations more effectively, you can hear the difference it makes in a room. Its ability to reduce sound transmission and vibration, creates a peaceful experience that everyone will enjoy.

Cork floors have been around for over 100 years as seen in The Library Of Congress.

Art and Architecture of the Interior Library of Congress.

Art and Architecture of the Interior Library of Congress.

Cushion your step

There’s nothing more important than feeling comfortable in your own home. Cork’s naturally occurring air pockets make it soft and comfortable to walk on. And its unique honeycomb-like structure acts as a natural shock absorber, helping to prevent back and joint pain.

cork is soft to stand on 2

Sustainable

The starting point is a raw material that is extracted cyclically from the cork oak trees without ever damaging them. This raw material is then transformed into high value-added products while promoting the economic and social sustainability of areas at risk of desertification. It is estimated that the Portuguese cork oak forest – montado – is responsible for retaining 5% of the country’s annual CO2 emission, representing 4.8 million tons per year.

quercus suber oak tree

Contrary to popular belief, cork is not disappearing. In fact, cork is incredibly sustainable. Made from the outer bark of the cork oak tree, cork is carefully harvested once every 9 years, allowing new bark to grow in its place and without ever damaging or killing the trees. It’s not unusual to have a 200 year-old tree still producing cork bark.

montados afron random

From the forest floor right to your home.
An Eco friendly flooring option.

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4 responses to “What Is Cork Flooring ?

  1. Good post! Up to date and correct. Cork floors are sustainable and gorgeous! Cork underlay, accousticork, is what I’m double sticking Mirage at Turnberry. We have to meet a 50 stc. Great article!

  2. Craig Kreutzer

    Allen, Great detailed presentation on cork! Cork’s design, function, low maintenance, and life cycle costs features offer one an exceptional floor and wall covering value. Cork’s finish and installation options also address the demands of many challenging environments.

    In general, understanding the performance expectaions of floor and wall finishes are necessary to make a good, knowledgeable slection. In my experiences, the inherient characteristic of cork to fade in direct sunlight is an important detail that many times may be over looked in a presentation on cork to a consumer, end-user.

    Again great presentation on a great finish! . . . Many Thanks!

    • Best Flooring Choices

      Thank you so much Craig. Sorry for the delayed response I had family issues that kept from my normal routine.
      You are 100% correct, once we understand cork and it’s value we will see much more being used in residential applications.
      The noise reduction, warmth and over all appeal make it a great option to hardwood or tile.

  3. Craig Kreutzer

    Allen . . .Family 1st, Hope all is well!

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