Cork flooring has been growing in popularity over the years due to its unique look and eco-friendliness. At Floor Coverings International of Aurora, ON we carry a wide variety of cork flooring and proudly serve the greater Aurora, Newmarket, Richmond Hill areas. Cork is a great option for anyone wanting an eco-friendly, easy to maintain, and versatile flooring.
Cork is a Sustainable Option
Cork is a natural wood product from the outer bark of the cork oak, a species of tree native to the Mediterranean region. The bark is harvested from the trees without cutting them down. About one-third of the trunk is stripped, approximately every nine years. The trees are able to live until reaching full maturity, about 150 years, and are then replaced by younger trees.
Quiet is Key
Cork has a cellular structure that absorbs sound waves. The bouncing of sound waves called reverberation is significantly less than it is with solid wood, wood laminate, and imitation wood flooring. Sound transfer is also reduced from adjacent upper levels of the building, especially if a cork underlayment is added to the cork flooring installation.
The numerous, tiny air pockets retain more surface heat and are more effective for saving energy. This is more effective in the winter than other types of hard surfaces such as ceramic, stone, and vinyl. With its low thermal conductivity, cork flooring is also desirable for providing thermal insulation when it is installed over slab. In the summer, however, the effects of cork reverse. When airborne humidity levels rise, cork flooring has a cool, natural feeling compared to the man-made feeling of carpet. The fact is that cork flooring does not trap humidity and will create a lighter air in the room.
Cork is an excellent flooring material because although it feels hard when you touch it, it’s slightly resilient. This ability to bounce back after walking on it increases the lifespan of the flooring. It also makes it a great option for rooms that require a lot of standing, such as the kitchen or an office with a standing desk. In residential settings, cork flooring is a lifetime investment if cleaned and maintained properly. Normal sweeping or vacuuming, wiping up spills and excess moisture immediately, and the use of walk-on mats in entryways are all that’s needed for daily care. For overall cleaning, a damp mopping will remove built up dirt without harming the cork floor.
Cork Flooring in Aurora, ON
Are you ready to install new cork flooring in your home? Call us today at Floor Coverings International of Aurora, ON for a free in-home consultation! This gives you the opportunity to look at thousands of different samples and get advice from one of our trained design associates. We look forward to working with you!