At Floor Coverings International Orange County NY, we love cork floors because they are beautiful, unique, and eco-friendly. Cork is not only used for wine bottles and bulletin boards, it’s also a stunning flooring option that is not found in many homes.
Cork floors can be made into planks that emulate hardwood floors or made into cork tiles. Much like porcelain or ceramic tiles, cork tiles are highly versatile and come in many different colors and designs.
Where Does Cork Come From?
Cork floor tiles come from a tree called the cork oak. This particular breed of oak tree is native to Europe and Africa. The cork that is harvested to make flooring or other materials is stripped from the bark of the tree without harming it. Once the cork bark is stripped, the tree begins the regenerating process and can be harvested again in under a decade. This is what makes it both eco-friendly and sustainable.
Benefits of Cork
Cork flooring can be resistant to fire and water and is also naturally antimicrobial. Cork tiles repel insects, bacteria, vermin, and other germs. This also means that cork is inhospitable to mold, mildew, and termites.
Cork tiles are durable, softer than many other flooring choices, and stand up well to everyday wear and tear. It has a long lifespan and can be repaired if damaged. Cork flooring is also comfortable due to the cushioning it provides, making it an excellent choice for the kitchen. For individuals with knee, joint, or back pain, cork can look beautiful and provides comfort throughout the entire home. Cork also doesn’t get as cold underfoot as tile or hardwood flooring, further adding to its comfort.
Cork flooring is more attractive than some might expect. It’s shiny, smooth, and available in numerous colors, designs, and patterns to fit the décor and style of any home. Is cork right for your home? Call the experts at Floor Coverings International in Middletown today for a free in-home design consultation and estimate. We look forward to working with you!
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