Many homeowners are afraid to venture out into a type of flooring that they have not previously used. This could be attributed to many different reasons, including the fact that they do not know as much about this it and thus, are uncomfortable using it in their home. One of the floorings that most people do not know much about is cork tile flooring. Cork is not just for bulletin boards anymore. It offers you a beautiful covering for your floor, a soft and cushioned surface to walk on, and a durable floor that will last for years.
Other than Just Brown
Cork tile flooring comes in colors other than just brown. Although the majority of cork tile flooring can be found in tans and beiges, other colors are available in this style of flooring, including red, black, and green. These floor tiles feature the natural swirls and whorls that are associated with real cork and this inconsistency in colors makes this flooring even more beautiful and visually appealing. You can even mix some of the brown tiles with the colors to create one-of-a-kind floor that you will love and be proud of.
Environmental Benefits as Well
Comfort is the name of the game. Cork tiles are known for being resilient, which makes them soft and cushioning for walking on. That’s one particular purpose they are good for locations exactly where you stand fairly a bit, like the kitchen. This also makes the flooring ideal for insulation for each temperature manage and to cut down sound. This really is a amazing benefit for any room in your home, from a living room to bedroom to kitchen and much more. Cork has environmental benefits as well.
Because it is a sustainable material, cork is becoming very popular as an environmentally friendly flooring product. Tiles are made from the bark of the cork oak tree. The tree doesn’t have to be cut down to harvest the bark. The bark replenishes itself within seven years (though some manufacturers wait nine to twelve years), which is why it is environmentally friendly. Each harvest of the bark results in smoother bark that is much more beautiful with each harvest.
Being a Flooring Choice
For over 100 years cork has been a flooring choice; it’s clearly not a new flooring idea. In fact, Frank Lloyd Wright, a famous American architect, used cork in many of the homes that he designed. It was also used in business buildings, including the First Congressional Church in Chicago, IL, and the old Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Stock Exchange. It’s not as well known as other flooring types, but it has been used with great success. Ideally, a professional will install your cork to ensure that it is properly installed and for maximum durability. Without being sealed, it can be susceptible to water damage and fading. One thing you want to keep in mind is if you have dogs or cats with nails or wear stiletto heels quite often, then you could damage your floors. Polyurethane can help to keep it safe to some degree, but not against sharp and pointy things.
Cork tile flooring is a wonderful choice for most any home. By considering the pros and cons of cork, you can determine whether it is the right choice for your home. It will add beauty and warmth to any room that you choose.