When you think of cork, you probably think of wine stoppers and bulletin boards. But what about floors? Cork flooring is an extremely user-friendly option for homeowners, and it’s produced from one of the most sustainable materials around.
Cork is actually the thick outer bark of the mediterranean Cork Oak, and it can be harvested without causing any damage to the tree – – in fact, it will simply grow back. Cork is naturally insect- and fire-resistant, and it contains tiny air bubbles which make it a good thermal and acoustic insulator. It can also earn LEED certification points in the “Rapidly Renewable Resources”, “Recycled Content”, and “Low Emitting Materials” categories.
For flooring applications, cork mimics the appearance of hardwood and provides a surprisingly durable and resilient surface. Cork granules are bound with adhesive and compressed into dense sheets, which can then be waxed or sealed with polyurethane just like wood flooring.
A wide variety of cork flooring products are available on the market, but Georgia-based US Floors is currently the only supplier with manufacturing facilities located in the United States. Learn more or locate a dealer at the US Floors website.