Natural Cork

January 9, 2009
natural cork
Natural Cork is a flooring company, but this article is not about the company. I personally have had major problems with the company and cork products, though I hear things might have gotten better, so want to address the concept of natural cork, the product instead. Cork is a great flooring product to work with, and it can be used for a wider range of applications than just floor. Consider it for walls, ceilings, and showers. It insulates and buffers sound. It’s great!

Floors are more than just functional. They offer you the opportunity to make them into an integral part of your room. One flooring choice that many homeowners do not even consider is natural cork flooring. It is a natural material that does not dictate that any trees be cut down or any damage done to the tree that may harm it. Natural cork flooring, as opposed to synthetic cork, is a wonderful “green” or environmentally friendly choice for your floors that is not just functional, but beautiful as well.

How is natural cork harvested? Cork is harvested from the bark of trees that are found mainly in Portugal and other Mediterranean countries. Due to the fact that it is just the bark of the trees, the tree is still alive and the bark regenerates within a time period of nine years or less. It is not an unusual thing to find a tree that is over a hundred years old still producing cork. This is very environmentally friendly option for flooring, simply because it is sustainable and does not cause death to any tree.
What does natural cork flooring look like? Natural cork flooring comes in a wide variety of colors and designs. It can be the browns that you associate with cork or it can come in a wide variety of different colors. Color is not the only variety that comes with cork, however. Cork comes in many different designs that give the natural cork flooring great texture and visual interest. They may be lightly veined, almost marblelized, and may even have a slight wood grain appearance. This variety allows homeowners to find the right natural cork flooring for their style and personal preferences.
What are some of the benefits to natural cork flooring? There are quite a few benefits that make natural cork flooring pull ahead of many other types of flooring. One is that it can be used in a wide variety of rooms. Due to the natural moisture resistance of cork, these floors work well in kitchens and in bathrooms, as well as any other room in your home. Another natural benefit of cork is that it is hypoallergenic and is naturally insulating and flame retardant. Bugs, mold, and termites are naturally repelled by cork as well.
How do you maintain natural cork flooring? Natural cork flooring is among the easiest to clean and maintain. With a broom and a damp mop you can keep the floors clean and beautiful for you and your family to enjoy. As long as the natural cork flooring is sealed, little else will be needed to keep the floors looking as beautiful as the day they were installed.
With the natural benefits and ease of maintenance that come with natural cork flooring, it is easy to see why it is quickly gaining in popularity. The comfort of natural cork flooring under your feet and the great beauty will add to your existing decor to make your room and home more pleasing to the eye and welcoming. Consider one of nature’s best choices for your floors today.

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