Cork isn’t traditionally
thought of as a flooring option for homeowners, but in the United States cork flooring is becoming more and more popular as a “Green” flooring option. This is
because cork flooring is not produced from the heartwood or sapwood of a tree, but rather
from the bark of a tree. Cork Trees are found abroad in countries
like Spain and Portugal, harvesting the bark does not at all harm the tree as the tree is able to regrow its bark.
You might also think that the bark of the cork tree would make too course
of a material to manufacturer flooring out of, but after the tree bark is harvested the first time, the new layers of bark that grow are much smoother and are of
Aside from environmental benefits of using cork flooring,
you’ll also find that cork floors are ultra-durable, moisture resistant
and a good thermal and sound insulator. Its cushion-like attribute creates
a softer surface for accidental falls or when items in your home are
dropped. Cork flooring's natural non-slip surface also creates a safer environment. Naturally,
cork is hypoallergenic, fire retardant and resists the growth of
mold, mildew and bacteria. Because of cork floors physical attributes, it can be
installed in many locations around the home, which is a reason it’s becoming
more and more popular. Cork
floors are able to be installed over radiant heat and is more comfortable to stand on in kitchen settings.
At Hosking Hardwood Flooring, we have
chosen WECork flooring as our primary cork flooring brand because of it’s commitment to
their cork products as well as their history and reputation in the industry of
over 100 years. You can find more information about WECork flooring and their cork
flooring products by visiting their website at www.wecork.com.
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