Why is it that cork flooring seems so popular these days?  It’s simple – homeowners in the Lawrenceville and Norcross areas love cork flooring for its small environmental footprint, natural beauty, and functionality. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Lawrenceville offer more information about cork flooring.

Cork Flooring

Composition

Cork is made from the bark of cork oak trees, primarily grown in the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe and Northern Africa. The bark is harvested when it becomes loose against the trunks of the trees. The harvesting process doesn’t do any damage to the trees and regrows in ten years.

Environmental Impact

Because of this strict harvesting process, cork is one of the most environmentally friendly flooring options a available. Harvesters are not allowed to remove the bark until the cork oak trees are at least 25-years-old. This ensures the trees are at full maturity and that they keep producing the cork bark every ten years.   Cork oak trees can live up to 800 years but the typical lifespan is between 150 and 200 years.

Functionality

Cork flooring in known for being both comfortable and durable. It’s part of the resilient flooring category, meaning it has a little “give” and when stepped on, it might leave a brief foot impression but then bounce right back. This means most inanimate objects, like tables and chairs, will not leave permanent marks on your cork flooring. Cork flooring’s soft resiliency means it’s super comfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Frequent mopping and general care will allow your cork flooring to last several decades and even as long as 40 years.

 

These are just a few of the features of cork flooring. Be sure to give our experts at Floor Coverings International Lawrenceville a call at the number below for more answers to your cork flooring questions. We offer free in-home estimates and design consultations to residents of the Lawrenceville and Norcross areas.

 

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