Last time we discussed where cork comes from and how it is harvested. This week we will dive into cork flooring, specifically, and discover the benefits and traits that make it a great flooring choice. Some of the unique properties of cork are elasticity, natural, insulating, water & wear resistant and anti-allergic. Let’s dig deep into each of these properties.
Elastic: The ingenious cell structure of cork makes it especially elastic and resistant to damage. Each cubic centimeter is composed of 40 million highly flexible cells, making it very elastic and compressionable. It always returns to its original shape after being subjected to any pressure, absorbing shocks and decreasing the pressure on your legs, joints and back. Cork can easily bounce back from small nicks, but major dings, like sliding a heavy chair or table across it, are more difficult to fix. Furniture can eventually leave permanent dents unless you place it on protective coasters. The shock absorbancy of cork it really great when used in long standing locations, such as the kitchen or gym. It also lessens the risk of shattering glasses or dishes when dropped on the floor.
Natural: 100% natural raw material, 100% reusable and 100% recyclable.
Insulation: One of the world’s oldest insulators, the cellular structure of cork allows it to absorb heat and retain it for a long time. The millions of cells in each cubic centimeter of cork act as a decibel absorber making it a great insulating material for offices, restaurants and kids rooms.
Water & Wear Resistance: The honeycomb structure of cork makes it affected very little by impact or friction with other hard surfaces. The waxy substance suberin, found in cork, makes it naturally repel water. This makes it perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor areas. Standing water can permeate the joints of the flooring and cause damage. Check with the manufacturer before installing in a specific area.
Anti-Allergic: Cork does not absorb dust and contains suberin, a natural substance that fends off mold, mildew, rot and pests.
So are you convinced yet that you should use cork in your home? Next time we will explore the variations of flooring cork is made in and what might be best for your application. Any questions, contact me at Jessica@webbercoleman.com