If you are looking for an alternative to hardwood or laminate, cork is a viable and excellent option. In addition to its environmental benefits, there are many practical advantages to cork flooring. Cork is waterproof, and the natural waxy substance inherent in cork, called suberin, makes it mould and mildew resistant. Cork also has fire retardant properties and good acoustic properties. It will also spring back after being compressed by furniture for example.
Cork Oak is found in a few Mediterranean countries and is actually harvested about once every 9 or 10 years with no harm done to the tree itself. The harvesting of the cork doesn’t require cutting down any trees and for this reason, it is a wonderful renewable resource. Cork floors have been known to be very resilient and last for more than 50 years in even heavily tracked areas. Cork flooring has become very popular for its environmental and performance benefits. It comes in many different colours and patterns and is gaining in popularity because of its resilience and durability. Cork insulates against the heat and the cold, resists scuffs and stains, reduces noise and is a natural insulator. Cork is environmentally friendly and hypo-allergenic.
It enhances virtually any room style and décor.