For the individual who is either buying a new home or remodeling, there are many options to choose from when it comes to what types of materials to use. The material options for floors and walls are no exception. There is a wide variety in the way each type of these materials look, feel, and perform. Cork is a great option for those who are conscious of both fashion and environmental impact.
Here is why you should consider using cork in your home.
What Is Cork?
The cork oak tree’s bark is where most cork comes from, and it is found in the Mediterranean. It is hand-harvested every nine years, allowing just enough bark to stay on the tree in order to regenerate itself and maintain its integrity. The harvested bark is dried and then used for the corks you find in wine bottles. The leftover material from the process is ground up and then made into cork flooring.
Where You Can Use Cork
Cork can be used in many ways. As an attractive option that has many looks, there is no limit to the possibilities. Cork tiles are lovely when used as a wall covering. Cork is often used as flooring, too, due to the comfort factor of its slight softness, and the wide range of patterns it is available in.
Thick cork is even used for countertops and gives a somewhat trendy yet classic look to kitchens and other rooms it is used in. Cork is very versatile, and your imagination is the limit when it comes to where it can be used. There are at least 40 colors of cork available.
Cork is a sustainable and environmentally-friendly product. It is not taxing to the Earth’s resources and therefore it is a wise choice if you want to be a good steward of what the Earth provides to us.
Cork is a healthy choice for your home. Because it is natural and non-toxic, you don’t need to worry about off-gassing when you install it. It is anti-microbial, and provides a hostile environment towards mold and mildew.
Cork absorbs noise. This means it is an excellent choice of flooring when you are in a condo or in any home that has people dwelling below you. It also provides a buffer of privacy between you and your neighbors and family when used on your walls.
It is also comfortable, because it is slightly cushioned and because of its absorbency. Cork is very durable as well. No need to worry about what will happen if you have children or pets who may be a little rough on the floors. Cork stands up against normal, everyday wear and tear.
Up until this point, cork has not been a commonly used material as far as homes go. Now that it has started to gain popularity, you can expect its use to be on the up-rise. As people learn of the value and benefits of cork, this sustainable product will become a first choice when it comes to buying and remodeling homes. Try cork and see for yourself what a great choice it can be in your home.