Cork is an often overlooked but very suitable
material for flooring. Cork flooring is easy
to install and moderately priced. It offers
excellent sound proofing and is warm and
comfortable underfoot. Previously available
in brown tones only, cork now comes in a
variety of colors which can be mixed and
matched to produce all kinds of designs.
A completely natural and renewable product,
cork is also an environmentally friendly
choice. Cork flooring usually comes as tiles
or planks that are easy to cut and lay.
The following should be considered
- Cork is soft, but it will bounce back when
objects are dropped on it. This makes it
a good choice for children's rooms.
- Cork is also non slip, which makies it a
good bathroom floor.
- New cork floors must be sealed to waterproof
them. Otherwise, they will absorb moisture,
and the seams will eventually swell open.
Check with your supplier on the right sealer
- Cork floors are not as resistant as other
flooring choices to heavy traffic such as
that found in entry ways and hallways, so
avoid using it in these areas.
Cork floors can be cleaned by mopping them
with diluted household detergent. They should
be swept frequently to remove abrasives that
can scratch them.