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Why Install Cork Flooring?

The better question is, “Why not install cork flooring?” Cork has actually been used for flooring for hundreds of years and was one of the primary materials used to make linoleum flooring. Cork has so many traits that make it perfect for use as flooring, first and foremost how comfortable it is.

A consumer complaint of the ages is how hard and cold other hard surface floors can be. It’s one reason radiant heating is so popular. Everyone wants to take the chill out of a cold floor, but the nice thing about cork is that nature has taken care of that for you. A natural insulator, cork holds more air and feels warmer to the touch. This is one reason so many choose to install cork flooring in the bedroom.

Some other benefits cork has over hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, bamboo flooring and ceramic tile is that cork is green flooring at it’s best (at least iFLOOR cork, made with no VOC’s). The cork itself is taken from the bark of a cork tree and used to make several things., one of which are beautiful cork floors.

Cork is also naturally hypoallergenic, mold resistant, mildew resistant, a top-notch thermal insulator and few things perform better as an acoustical barrier. That means a quieter, warmer and safer floor for both the environment and your family.

As you can see, the list of benefits goes on and on.While cork isn’t quite as tough as some other floors, our iProtect flooring system more than compensates. We use as many as 6 coats of polyurethane and two coats of aluminum oxide for surface toughness. It’s also what makes these floors easy to clean and why they can even be used as kitchen flooring.

There’s no doubt cork is increasing in popularity and the reason is simple: People love it. Even though it’s been around for awhile, it’s reintroduction to us a decade or so ago has brought this wonderful green flooring to the forefront of our minds and homes. As people have lived on cork for years, they now know the difference it makes and any doubts they might have had were dispelled when they take their first step, and many years later, they still know they made the right flooring decision.