If you are here, you are considering the benefits of green flooring materials. As it stands there are many different choices on the type of flooring you can use from recycled carpet, bamboo, laminate, linoleum and more.
One of the most unique types of flooring is Cork Flooring. Although cork is known for the preservation of wines, it has become popular in the green flooring material space because it is a renewable resource.
Cork Flooring Pros and Cons
Cork primarily comes from a tree called Cork Oak. They are grown mostly around the Mediterranean Sea with low rainfall and plenty of sunshine. Dead cells off the Cork Oak Tree accumulate in time on the outer part of the tree. When the cork is stripped off the tree, the tree keeps on accumulating and is ready for stripping again many years later.
What makes this product so durable? Cork trees go through many climate changes and survive through harsh weather leading to a durable material. It is water-resistant, rot-resistant and even fire resistant. Similar to other wood products, as it can be buffed or waxed, and then cleaned with a simple sweeping or a palm/vegetable oil based (green) cleaner.
Pros of Cork Flooring:
- Beautiful, natural look.
- Soft on your feet
- Water resistant
- Green manufacturing produces almost no waste
- Noise Resistant because the air is trapped in the cork’s cellular structure
Cons of Cork Flooring:
- Can fade or discolor if exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time
- Water-resistant, not waterproof
- Best for low-traffic areas and residential use, due to its soft nature
As you can see cork flooring benefits far outweigh the shortcomings especially when you use it in the proper application.
When considering the best green flooring material for your flooring installation project, we hope our Green Floor series has been helpful. If you are interested in receiving a quote, or further detail on choosing cork flooring for your project click below to get in touch with a green flooring expert on the Regal Commercial Services team.
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