One of the most sustainable types of wood flooring is cork flooring. Not only is the source tree easily sustained, but the processing of the cork is eco-friendly and all scrap material is reused in the manufacturing process.
Cork flooring is processed by stripping the bark from the cork oak tree. Stripping the bark does not damage the tree. It will regrow the bark over a nine year period and each tree lives for at least 200 years. Cork producing trees are only grown in a small region in Southwest Europe and Northwest Africa near the Mediterranean Sea. At least 50% of all cork comes from Portugal.
High Quality Flooring
Cork is often used in high traffic areas for three reasons. The first is that the material is noise insulating. That helps to take the clatter out of foot traffic. The second is that it is highly water-resistant. Cork contains a natural wax that seals it from all types of moisture, making cork an ideal material for use in any room in your home. Lastly, cork is mold and mildew resistant. That quality makes it a great alternative for families who have a member who suffers from allergies.
Ease of Installation
Cork is highly elastic. It can be the perfect material for uneven surfaces. This quality also enhances cork’s viability in high traffic areas. It can spring back from foot track and the weight of heavy furniture. Additionally, cork can be installed on top of some existing wood or linoleum floors. Cork is also a great underlayment for wood, ceramic, or stone flooring.
Call Martin’s Flooring today for all of your cork flooring needs in the Reading and Ephrata, PA areas. Our dedicated customer service teams will set-up a free on-site consultation with one of our professional product specialists who will answer all of your questions and tell you about our industry leading warranty.