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Why A Cork Floor?

harris cork flooring in a living roomA cork floor is something we don’t often hear about although cork flooring offers many benefits which should be considered.  Cork provides resilience with a little give in its cushiony feel, this is a relief to people with back pain who stand on their floors for any length of time.  A cork floor relieves back pain and leg stress with a much more comfortable surface underfoot compared to harder surfaces. 

Cork is a viable option for surface flooring and should also be considered for underlayment to laminate, ceramic tiles or hardwood.  Cork provides insulation which reduces room noise, holds in warmth for comfort and is resistant to mold and mildew.  Cork flooring is gaining popularity due to the many benefits it provides.

Benefits of Cork Flooring

Whether your décor is modern or traditional, cork flooring delivers many benefits you should know about which include:

  • Eco-friendly renewable resource – cork is made from the bark of a cork oak tree which leaves the trees intact with very little negative impact to the environment.  Cork oak trees must be 25 years old before the bark may be harvested and can be harvested again every 8 to 14 years without harming the tree.  The typical life span of a cork tree is 150 to 200 years although they can live up to 800 years.
  • Mold and mildew resistant  – cork is anti-microbial, resistant to mold, mildew and termites.  The hypoallergic features of cork make it a healthy option that does not shed microfibers or negatively impact air quality.
  • Durable – cork is impermeable to liquid, resists abrasions and cracking.  Cork will bounce back from indentations and can last for decades, up to 40 years, with proper maintenance.
  • Comfortable – cork is resilient and gives a little when compressed, providing cushion and comfort underfoot.  The many air cells that fill cork material make it soft and spongey which is a big plus when standing and cooking for those with back pain.
  • Insulation – cork provides acoustic and thermal insulation, making for a quieter and warmer floor.
  • Versatility – cork is available in planks or tiles, in various styles and colors.

Cork is a great option for flooring in many rooms and is gaining popularity in the United States.  Two finishes are typical with polyurethane and acrylic based finish or water-based finish.  The polyurethane and acrylic finish may provide a little added protection, although water-based finishes are eco-friendlier and are less likely tarnish with a yellow color when exposed to light.

Contact your flooring specialist at Great Western Flooring to learn more about cork flooring and the benefits it provides.

Great Western Flooring is a leading flooring and tile company serving customers in and around Chicago for over 35 years.  We provide quality materials, professional installation and complimentary design consultations.  Contact us to learn more about cork flooring and choosing the right floor for your home. 


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