Cork Flooring – The Performance of Hardwood Meets the Comfort of Carpet
Cork is kind of the best kept secret in the world of flooring. You could say that it takes the best from both worlds (carpet and hard surface flooring) while offering a few benefits of its own. Here, we’ll discuss why cork flooring just might be the right choice for your home.
Carpet is often chosen over hard surface for its warmth. Anyone who has stepped out of bed barefoot on a cold Boulder morning knows this all too well. It’s also soft, with less impact on each step. A quality carpet cushion can make it even softer.
Cork floors are often regarded as the most comfortable hard surface option. Like carpet, it naturally has a little give and b
ounces back after each step. It also has a higher insulation rating than other hard surface floors. In other words, it retains heat better than hardwood, laminate, and stone tile.
Don’t let the “give” fool you: cork floors are durable. So durable, in fact, that they are often used in commercial applications. The softness helps reduce wear and tear, even in high-traffic areas. Most cork floors hold up after decades of frequent use.
Cork floors are naturally antimicrobial. The material itself provides a hostile environment for bacteria, pathogens, and viruses. It also repels bugs, pests, and vermin. While it is still important to clean your floors weekly, cork flooring will remain fresher between cleanings.
Cork is sustainably sourced. Yes, it is a form of wood. However, they don’t actually have to cut down trees to make it. Rather, they just harvest the bark from certain species. The tree continues to grow, and the bark can be harvested again after it’s replenished.
<h2>Versatile Styles </h2>
Cork comes in a variety of style options. Usually, it’s designed to mimic hardwood flooring. However, cork is also used to achieve both wood and stone tile looks.
Of course, cork also has a unique style of its own. It carries a southwestern vibe, with unique shapes that are scattered and sporadic, yet still cohesive. In other words, it’s the perfect look for Boulder!
<h2>Water Resistant and Pet Friendly</h2>
Cork floors don’t absorb moisture. Unlike solid hardwood floors, they also won’t expand or contract with humidity changes. Cork isn’t completely waterproof on its own, but the right finish can change this.
Cork floors can also repel stains with the right finish. This makes it a great choice for homes with kids and pets. It also makes cork suitable for installation in kitchens and bathrooms.
Are cork floors right for you? Every home is different, so the answer won’t always be the same. If you’re ready to make an informed choice, call Boulder’s top flooring exerts at Star Flooring & Design today!