Pros and Cons of Cork Flooring
With its reputation as an environmentally-friendly flooring choice that’s inexpensive and easy to maintain, cork flooring has become increasingly popular. In this post, we’ll discuss some advantages and disadvantages you should be aware of before you choose a cork floor.
Advantages of Cork Floors
- Cork has a natural cushion – This makes it ideal for rooms like kitchens, where people end up standing for long periods of time or for places like children’s rooms where occasional falls may occur.
- Cork can be refinished – Like wood floors, cork can be refinished to remove imperfections that accumulate over time.
- Cork is hypoallergenic – For folks who need high-quality indoor air, cork is an excellent choice due to its tendency to repel dust and dirt.
- Cork is antimicrobial – Cork contains a natural substance called suberin that makes it resistant to the growth and colonization of organisms.
- Cork is very environmentally friendly – Cork is made from the bark of the cork oak and is harvested without harming the tree. Even better, the cork bark grows back every few years! Being a natural material, cork biodegrades at the end of it’s life cycle.
- Cork is easy to maintain – With a layer of water sealer applied, cork only needs to be swept to keep it clean.
Disadvantages of Cork Floors
- Cork is susceptible to damage – Because cork is a soft material, it can be damaged if, for instance, sharp objects are dropped on it or heavy furniture is dragged across it. Pet owners should be aware that sharp nails can put holes in cork as well.
- Excessive exposure to water can warp cork – If a room is flooded or continuously exposed to high humidity, a cork floor may curl or plump.
- Sun can cause discoloration – Excessive exposure to sunlight can cause cork to fade over time.
With all it’s advantages, cork may be the perfect floor choice for you. It’s important, however, to be aware of the potential for damaging a cork floor. If you have any questions about your next floor choice, stop by our showroom at the Floor Store in Thornebrook Village. We are always happy to advise!