Floor Coverings International Chapel Hill serving the Chapel Hill, West Durham area is all about eco-friendly options and that includes cork flooring! Cork is a great option for anyone wanting easy-to-maintain, eco-friendly, versatile flooring.
Cork is a natural wood product from the outer bark of the cork oak, a species of tree native to the Mediterranean region. The bark is sustainably harvested from the trees without cutting them down. About one third of the trunk is stripped, approximately every nine years. The trees generally live around 150 years before they are replaced.
Quiet is Key
Cork has a cellular structure that absorbs sound significantly more than solid wood, wood laminate, and imitation wood flooring. Sound transfer is also reduced from adjacent upper levels of the building, especially if a cork underlayment is added to the cork flooring installation.
The numerous tiny air pockets retain more surface heat and are more effective for saving energy. This is more efficient in the winter than other types of hard surfaces such as ceramic, stone, and vinyl. With its low thermal conductivity, cork flooring is also desirable for providing thermal insulation when installed over slab. In the summer however, the effects of cork reverse. When airborne humidity levels rise, cork flooring has a cool, natural feeling compared to the man-made feeling of carpet. Cork flooring does not trap humidity and will create a lighter air in the room.
Cork is an excellent flooring material because although it feels hard when you touch it, it still has some give. This ability to bounce back after walking on it increases the lifespan of the flooring. In residential settings, cork flooring is a lifetime investment if cleaned and maintained properly. Regular sweeping or vacuuming, immediately wiping up spills, and using walk-on mats to trap debris in entryways are all that’s needed for daily care. For overall cleaning, damp mopping will remove built up dirt without harming the cork floor.
Call us today at Floor Coverings International Chapel Hill for a free consultation and find out how cork flooring might work for you! We proudly serve the Chapel Hill, West Durham areas and will visit you on-location.