Going Crazy for Cork

Kitchen courtesy of TORLYS

When most people think of cork, their minds immediately conjure up images of wine bottles and bulletin boards.

But as we’ve mentioned before, cork can be a comfortable, eco-friendly, and even fashionable flooring option as well. Below are some of the reasons why you should consider using cork in your home.

Cork is an environmentally friendly product that is natural, reusable, and recyclable. It comes from the outer bark of the cork oak tree, which is typically found in Mediterranean countries, such as Spain, Italy, France, Morocco and, especially, Portugal. The trees are not cut down in the harvesting of cork and the bark is carefully harvested once every nine years using hand tools and centuries-old techniques.

Piet Dossche, chairman of APCOR North America Flooring Group and president and CEO of USFloors, Inc., says cork flooring has been around for such a long time “because of its natural beauty, durability, and renewability.” In addition to being sustainable and stylish, cork flooring also has functional benefits.

Cork flooring is durable, warm, resilient, insulating, and comfortable. It is also naturally shock absorbent, which makes cork flooring perfect for rooms where you are almost always on your feet, such as the kitchen. As an added bonus, cork absorbs sounds and vibration, which is great for use in a music or entertainment room.

For people who suffer from allergies, cork flooring is anti-static and hypoallergenic. Because it does not absorb dust, cork floors help protect against allergies and poses no risk to allergy sufferers. Cork is also resistant to mildew, rot, and mold.

Candice Olson, interior designer and host of HGTV’s “Divine Design” and “Candice Tells All” believes the richly textured finishes available in cork flooring can add warmth, dimension, and interest to any room. “Whether in a traditional, contemporary or transitional space, the overall environmental concept reflects cork’s practicality, versatility and its beauty, making it the perfect choice for today’s interiors,” she says.

For more information on cork flooring, please visit realcorkfloors.com.