If you’re interested in installing an eco-friendly floor in your Libertyville home, cork is a great option! Cork is popular because it adds a unique look to your home while also being sustainable and soft to the step. Floor Coverings International Libertyville serving the greater Libertyville, Gurnee, Mundelein area is all about eco-friendly options and that includes cork flooring! Learn more about this beautiful choice below.
Cork is a natural wood product from the outer bark of the cork oak, a species of tree native to the Mediterranean region. The bark is harvested from the trees without cutting them down. About one-third of the trunk is stripped, approximately every nine years. The trees are able to live until reaching full maturity, about 150 years, and is then replaced by a young tree.
Quiet to the Step
Cork has a cellular structure that absorbs sound waves. The bouncing of sound waves called reverberation is significantly less than it is with solid wood, wood laminate, and imitation wood flooring. Sound transfer is also reduced from adjacent upper levels of the building, especially if a cork underlayment is added to the cork flooring installation.
The numerous, tiny air pockets retain more surface heat and make it more effective for saving energy. This is more effective in the winter than other types of hard surfaces such as ceramic, stone, and vinyl. With its low thermal conductivity, cork flooring is also desirable for providing thermal insulation when it is installed over slab. In the summer, however, the effects of cork reverse. When airborne humidity levels rise, cork flooring has a cool, natural feeling compared to the man-made feeling of carpet. The fact is that cork flooring does not trap humidity and will create a lighter air in the room.
Cork is an excellent flooring material because although it feels hard when you touch it, it’s slightly resilient. This ability to bounce back after walking on it increases the lifespan of the flooring. This also makes it a great option for older people or those with pains, because walking puts less pressure on the body. In residential settings, cork flooring is a lifetime investment if cleaned and maintained properly. Normal sweeping or vacuuming, wiping up spills and excess moisture immediately, and the use of walk-on mats in entryways are all that’s needed for daily care. For overall cleaning, a damp mopping will remove built up dirt without harming the cork floor.
Call us today at Floor Coverings International Libertyville for a free consultation and find out why cork flooring is the flooring you need today! We’ll bring our samples right to your door and help you select the perfect option for your unique home! We proudly serve the greater Libertyville, Gurnee, Mundelein areas.
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