Cork Flooring: Getting Better With Age
Published: May 13, 2016 | Updated: February 25, 2019
Cork Flooring: Getting Better With Age
If you come to think about it, cork is used for all sorts of products. Corkboards, coasters and in your exceptional Chardonnay. It’s pretty fancy, but imagine cork used as flooring! Cork flooring is comfortable, easy to install and attractive. Cork flooring is in its prime, even being around for decades. You know what they say, “Some things get better with age.”
Cork flooring has been on the top of its game since its first introduction to the flooring industry. It’s always been a part of the mainstream, but its popularity has skyrocketed.
Cork floor tiles and planks are available in several styles from traditional to modern. You can install them in a basement to a home office.
You may ask yourself, “What’s so great about Cork flooring?” Well, let’s explain the benefits; we guarantee you won’t be able to resist purchasing cork for your new flooring project.
Saving the Planet
Cork flooring is saving the planet, which is a huge deal in the flooring industry. Cork is Pro-green and is the most eco-friendly flooring available. It’s a renewable resource for the planet.
Cork is au naturale which means no harsh chemicals, latex or other substance that can be harmful. Cork, made from barks of cork oak trees, it’s indigenous to Southwest Europe, Northwest Africa and also found in Portugal.
Once cork is harvested, it can continue to live and grow for 200 years or more. Think of cork as its own flooring superhero, saving the planet one home at a time.
Advantages of Cork Flooring
Cork flooring is resilient
Cork tiles and planks are a great solution for a comfortable flooring. Its anti-fatigue properties make it the perfect candidate for ultimate comfort. Don’t be fooled, even though cork flooring is forgiving, it packs a mean punch, making cork an extremely durable flooring.
Cork provides excellent sound proofing
Crank down the volume! No one likes a sound of a stampede in their home. If you’re considering soundproofing your home, cork is the right flooring for the job.
Cork is mold/mildew resistant
Another benefit of cork flooring is that it’s mold and mildew resistant; it’s your personal flooring bodyguard from a mold/mildew invasion.
Cork flooring is stylish
Our selection of cork is available in traditional and modern design, adding a unique flair to your humble abode.
If you’re looking for a classy upgrade in your master bedroom, our Canvas Cork Flooring in Arctic Oak or Everglade gives a nice touch of elegance. If your decor is more on the traditional side, our USFloors Wide Cork Tile in Delgada may be right up your alley. Our USFloors EcoCork Plus Tiles in Nieve create a beautiful contrast with dark wood cabinets.
The choice is yours!
Cork provides insulation
Get your toes all warm and toasty. Cork flooring tiles and planks are a perfect option for insulation. They provide the right amount of insulation necessary for radiant heated floors.
Can we tell you a secret? Shhh…(Insert whisper voice) The key to insulation is all in the design. Cork flooring is made of four different layers: wear layer, cork layer, HDF core and core underlayment. These four components make cork flooring the best product for warming up your little piggies.
Disadvantages of Cork Flooring
Cork is not ideal for outdoor use
Cork flooring is not a force to be reckoned with, especially if you are looking to install the product outdoors. We know the color selections are beautiful and look great on your outdoor patio.
We don’t disagree.
Unfortunately, cork is not UV stable and will get damage if exposed to sunlight. So rather than place it outdoors, look into remastering your living room, that new guest bedroom, or perhaps your man cave.
Cork is a sensitive surface
Every superhero has a weakness, and cork is no different.
Cork floors tend to scratch and indent. Just like poking at a wine cork, it can cause some minor puncturing. Don’t worry! As long as you manage the necessary maintenance to your cork flooring, like getting a monthly oil change for your car, your floor will last.
The upside? Our cork flooring has a lifetime manufacturer warranty, so we’ve got you covered.
Cork does not handle moisture well
Like Superman to Kryptonite, damp areas is cork floors’ worst nightmare. Cork is moisture resistant, not moisture proof.
The best way to protect your flooring is purchasing a barrier. The barrier will be your shield and help reduce the chance of moisture invading your cork flooring.
Best Locations for Cork Flooring
You can install cork in your home office, basement, living room, bedroom, home gym and so much more. So if you’re looking for an elegant, natural appearance for your home, cork flooring is an excellent choice. Take a look at a few examples:
Cork Flooring Installation
All our cork floors are DIY-friendly, so put the phone down before you call your neighborhood installer. These tiles and planks have a click/interlock method, which makes it easy, even for a novice.
From gluing the flooring down or install as floating surface, these floors worry-free. Freeing up your time to relax from all your hard work! How great is that!
Work Hard for Your Money
This eco-friendly floor does come with a higher price tag.
Don’t worry about the price tag.
We provide a variety of cork tiles and planks that will fit anyone’s budget; cork flooring starts at $2 a sq ft and can fluctuate in pricing. Before you go clutching your wallet in hand, you should know that all our cork flooring options are high-quality cork.
You may have to work hard for your money with this flooring, but it will gladly work hard for you in the long run.
Whether you prefer tiles or planks, cork floors balance comfort and beauty. Cork in homes is a perfect eco- friendly, non-toxic and resilient flooring.
We offer a vast variety of patterns, and colors, making it easy to find the right flooring for your home. Our Classico Eco Cork Tile can add a POP to your homey decor while Eco-Cork Vineyard Sunset Cork Tile can turn your living room into a Tuscan vineyard. Our cork flooring can open up a new world in your home. You can rest assured that you’re saving the planet one plank at a time.