At Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake we love eco-friendly flooring. That’s why we love cork tiles! They’re beautiful, natural, and sustainable. With a cork floor it’s possible to feel closer to nature without leaving the comfort of your home.
Origins of Cork Flooring
It may surprise you to know that cork, like hardwood, comes from a tree! They’re called cork oaks, and are native to parts of Africa and Europe. The difference is that while trees need to be chopped down to create hardwood floors, harvesting cork does not harm the tree at all. The cork bark is stripped from the tree, and that same tree can be harvested again in less than a decade. This makes cork both eco-friendly and sustainable! It’s a win-win.
Advantages of Cork Tile Flooring
Cork floor tiles have numerous benefits besides being eco-friendly. To start, they’re beautiful! Cork floor tiles have nearly unlimited color, design, and pattern options. If you’re looking for a certain type of flooring to match your style or décor, chances are it can be found in cork. It’s also unique. Have you ever seen cork flooring at a friend or family’s home? Cork flooring tiles are a wonderful option for those who care about the planet and want to stand out from the crowd.
Cork flooring and cork floor tile are some of the safer flooring options available anywhere. Cork is resistant to both fire and water, and it is naturally antimicrobial. It repels germs, bacteria, insects, and vermin. It’s also inhospitable to mold, mildew, and termites. Cork floors are durable and can last over 40 years.
Cork has give and literally bounces back as you walk across the floor, which makes it resilient to the wear and tear of everyday foot traffic. And the best part of having a cork floor is that it’s comfortable. It’s slightly cushioned, so it’s a wonderful choice for the kitchen where someone might be standing for long periods of time, or for the homes of individuals with knee or joint pain.
Is a cork floor right for your home? Call the local experts at Floor Coverings International in White Bear Lake today for a free in-home consultation and estimate. Eco-friendly, beautiful flooring is within reach!
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