New finishing techniques and improved technologies have revived interest in cork over the past decade. Though still a small fraction of the overall floor coverings market, Natural Cork is enjoying a resurgence in popularity driven in large part by consumer demand. Cork is a natural, eco-friendly flooring option and is valued for the different looks available. Cork is also naturally flame resistant, pest resistant, anti-microbial, is resistant to mold and fungus, and absorbs heat and sound. These features make cork flooring very popular for use in residential and commercial applications. Because of cork’s density this flooring is more comfortable to stand on, easing leg pain such as knee and joint discomfort.
The comfort of cork flooring makes them a popular choice for kitchen remodels both in the home and in restaurants. If you are serious about cooking and spend a lot of time in the kitchen then you should consider cork flooring. Another popular application for cork is in the basement. With it’s mold resistance and comfortable footing over concrete, cork is perfect for sub grade installations.
Cork will help make your home warmer in two ways. The natural golden color will give the impression the room is warmer but as cork is a great insulator you will remove or reduce draught problems by installing this type of flooring. In fact some people will lay cork underlayment when putting down other types of flooring as it reduces noise, is comfortable to walk on and adds to the insulation of your home. Although cork is popular in kitchen and bathroom applications, you need to keep in mind that cork is porous. Cork needs to be sealed when installed in an area that gets wet, otherwise the flooring will warp and begin to deteriorate. For kitchen and bathrooms it is recommended to purchase a laminated cork product that will stand up to water and humidity better while giving some extra durability to the product.