Cork flooring is a wonderful selection if you're searching for a soft floor that is comfortable to walk on. Cork flooring comes in rolled sheets or varying sizes of squares. It can be glued to the subfloor or installed to sort of float on the subfloor. Europeans have been using cork for flooring in Europe for more than a century, but is available from North American flooring stores and warehouses.
The Comfort of Cork Floors
Cork floors are very comfortable to walk on and highly resistant to dents or scratches. The only downside is that they are not as resistant to abrasion as hardwood floors or laminate floors are. However it is similar to hardwood flooring in that it comes with a tough urethane finish that repels moisture. You can buy presealed tiles, however it may be advisable to add another coating of urethane to them. Cork flooring is noted for its high insulating value and sound absorption capacity. Cork floors are hypoallergenic and anti-static which makes them a great alternative to carpets.
Cork is harvested from Portugese or Spanish cork oak trees. The oak cork tree will shed its bark every 10 to 15 years. Amazingly, they regenerate their own bark and can live 5 centuries.
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Interested in other flooring products? Laminate flooring is well known for its unique designs and durability. It is easier to install than hardwood flooring and some designs give the look and texture of real wood, stone or ceramics.