Cork is a great flooring choice because it is eco-friendly, comfortable to step on, and is a cheaper alternative to flooring such as hardwood. Floor Coverings International West County, MO serving the greater Chesterfield, O'Fallon, St. Peters, St. Charles areas is all about eco-friendly options and that includes cork 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 is then replaced by a young tree.
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.
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 life span of the flooring. This makes it an ideal flooring choice for rooms where you stand a lot, such as the kitchen. 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.
Your Chesterfield Cork Flooring Experts
Call the experts at Floor Coverings International West County, MO today to schedule your free in-home consultation. We’ll bring our mobile showroom right to your home, and go over your different cork flooring options. We’ll provide a free proposal and estimate, and even go over different financing options. We look forward to working with you!
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