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Pros And Cons Of Cork Flooring

Even though cork has been around for many decades, it has just recently become trendy, due mostly to the fact that it is a renewable resource. Cork is derived from the bark of the cork oak tree (Quercus suber) and is harvested from the living trees.

Here down The Flooring Group will list the characteristics so that everyone can make up their minds whether or not to use it in a specific space.

Advantages

Cork has a soft and very cushiony surface. When first stepped on such flooring installation the delight is inevitable. The soft surface of a cork floor acts as a cushion of protection when someone accidentally trips and falls. This makes it a perfect choice for children’s rooms or for older residents prone to falling.

The inside of a piece of cork consists of millions of tiny air-filled chambers. These act as insulating barriers against the transmission of noise.

Cork flooring can also help reduce heating/cooling bills. Apart from insulating from noise, the cork will reduce transmission of heat into a room in the summer or out of a room in the winter.

Cork can definitely be refinished periodically, to give it a fresh new look. This involves sanding the upper layer down, and then staining and or re-applying the finish sealer to the surface.

It is hypoallergenic, as cork tends to repel dust, hair, and other small particles. The material is also easier to maintain and get completely clean.

Cork is eco-friendly. It is a natural, recurring, and easily replenishable material. Cork is also biodegradable and will break down at the end of its life cycle.

Disadvantages

Cork is relatively prone to damage, as it is a very soft material. Chair and furniture legs can potentially pierce and scrape the material. High heels, can also cause punctures, even small dirt particles can tear across the surface.

Water can cause a problem. The finishing process offers some protection against water stains and damage. However, the seal is not perfect, and if flooded, the flooring material will probably warp and discolour. High levels of humidity can also cause the cork to curl or plump.

Sunlight can cause cork to fade. This can easily be prevented by blocking with curtains or blinds.

The Flooring Group offers cork flooring in a variety of finishing options. For more inspiration browse our website to see our bespoke cork flooring products or visit one of our London stores.