Benefits of Cork – One of Nature’s Great RESOURCES
Check out this video in which Candace Olson talks about why she likes cork flooring.
Cork, used for everything from wine bottle stoppers to bulletin boards, has become very popular among designers. But what makes cork flooring such a good fit for your home or business? Read on to discover some of the many benefits of cork.
Cork comes from the bark of Cork Oak trees. These trees are native to the Mediterranean region where they can live over 200 years. The bark from the trees is first harvested when the trees are about 25 years old and after that it is harvested every 9-12 years.
Cork Oak trees are not harmed when their bark is removed and will in fact continue to grow. In many Mediterranean countries Cork Oak trees are protected by law and can only be cut down with government permission. In addition, the Cork Oak forests provide homes for a number of endangered species.
Cork is recyclable and there is very little waste in the process of turning cork bark into consumer goods. Some cork flooring is created from the remnants left from making cork bottle stoppers.
Cork is naturally hypoallergenic and it resists dust mites and mold. In addition it repels some insects.
Due to its nature cork both repels water and resists fire. It also retains its shape even when heavy furniture has been sitting on it and it resists wear and tear.
Cork provides thermal insulation, aiding in the regulation of temperatures, and it helps to absorb ambient sound.
Cork flooring feels warm and, because of its elasticity, cushioning. As a result it is easier to stand on for long periods of time than harder floors.