Cork flooring is a great option for homeowners in the Buckhead, Atlanta, and Midtown areas. Homeowners tell us they love cork flooring because it has a small environmental footprint and is very comfortable. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta outline some key traits of cork flooring below.

Cork Flooring

History

Cork comes from picking off the bark of cork oak trees primarily found in the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe and Northern Africa. Portugal’s montado landscape produces half of the world’s cork each year. Englishman Robert Hooke first observed the cell structure of cork with his famous microscope in the 17th Century. Although cork is perhaps most well known for its use for stopping wine bottles, it has developed into a popular flooring surface.

Environmental Impact

Part of the reason for cork flooring’s popularity is due to its small environmental impact. Cork is part of the sustainable flooring movement. There are strict guidelines about how much cork can be harvested. Specifically, cork is only harvested from May to August when it can be separated from the cork oak tree without causing permanent damage. Cork is removed when the trees reach 25 to 30-years-old and then every ten years or so thereafter. Cork oak trees live from 150 to 200-years-old on average.

Comfort

Cork flooring has a squishy, bouncy feel, making it very comfortable for daily use and extremely good for noise reduction. Cork is also an excellent insulator, ensuring minimal heat loss. It’s also naturally anti-microbial. However, cork does absorb moisture and thus our experts at Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta don’t recommend it for bathrooms.

We know you’re just getting started in your search for the perfect new flooring. Our flooring experts are ready to answer your call at the number below. You should also take advantage of our free in-home consultations and design advice. We proudly serve the Buckhead, Atlanta, and Midtown areas.

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