What Is It?
As its name suggests, cork flooring is made from the bark of Cork Oak trees, and is the same material used to make bulletin boards, wine stoppers, and other cork products. It’s a flooring option that’s gained momentum in the past few years as an alternative to traditional hardwood. Below we’ve outlined some of cork flooring’s defining characteristics. We encourage you to read on to learn more about this innovative material, and consider adding it to your Flagstaff home.
Notable Cork Flooring Characteristics
Variety—Cork is extremely absorbent by nature, which means it responds well to a variety of colored dyes. Whether you’re looking for a light or dark red tone, or a completely different color altogether, cork flooring can be used to make a visual statement.
Easy to Clean—Cork flooring has a thick protective layer and can be easily cleaned using warm water and a mild cleaning agent. It’s moisture resistant, which allows homeowners to clean with a mop if they choose. Many people find that after several years their cork flooring still looks brand new.
Resilient—If you were to squeeze a piece of cork you would feel it give as you applied pressure. Cork flooring works in the same way and absorbs weight and springs back. This makes it more comfortable to stand or walk on than other flooring materials—making it a popular choice for kitchens.
Hypoallergenic—Cork flooring is an excellent option for allergy sufferers because it resists mold, mildew, and dust. Similar to the way a cork stopper is used to seal a bottle of wine, cork flooring is almost completely impenetrable.
Here at Floor Coverings International Flagstaff we look forward to helping you select the perfect flooring for your home. We offer a variety of traditional hardwood flooring alternatives, which we encourage you to take a look at in our product gallery. We proudly serve the greater Flagstaff, Sedona areas and offer free consultations. Call us today!
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