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Cork Flooring

Cork Flooring Installations

If you are looking to upgrade the look of your home while increasing its value, you may want to consider installing cork flooring. Cork provides a unique look that catches the eye without busting your budget. 

Cork flooring is made from the bark of the cork oak tree, which is harvested, ground into pieces, compressed, and made into sheets that are held together by resin. If you are concerned about your carbon footprint and you want floors that are durable and environmentally friendly, cork is as sustainable as it gets.

Cork floors are a great choice for any room of your house—from the master bedroom to the kitchen to the bathroom—because of their functionality and flexibility. In addition to adding an artistic flavor to a room, this type of flooring is comfortable, naturally insulating, and easy to maintain.

Are cork floors the right choice for your home? Continue reading to learn more about this versatile and environmentally-friendly type of flooring.

Types of Cork Flooring

At Modernize, we encourage homeowners to work with a trusted flooring contractor who can advise you on the different types of flooring materials to determine which one is best for your home.  The following are different types of cork floors you can choose from:

  • Cork Tiles. If you choose cork tiles, they will need to be installed on top of a subfloor, and you can work with your flooring contractor to determine the best options. In most cases, you can get cork tiles that are 12-by-12-inches, but you may be able to get larger tiles if they are better suited for your room.
  • Cork Planks. For a larger room, you may choose cork planks. This type of flooring comes in click-together planks, which easily interlock and are snapped into place during installation. 
  • Cork Sheets. Cork sheets are often used in commercial settings, but they can also be a good option for your home. It’s a versatile solution when tiles and planks are not the best option.

Benefits of Cork Flooring

Homeowners enjoy several benefits when choosing cork floors. Here are are some reasons why you should consider them for your home:

Health. Although this is a benefit that you may not consider when choosing your flooring, cork floors are actually good for your health because they are anti-microbial and do not produce off-gas that can damage the quality of the air in your home. Additionally, cork floors do not develop mold or mildew, which is great if someone in your family has allergies or asthma.

Durability. Cork is durable enough to sustain the regular wear and tear of a home, even in areas that have heavy traffic. In fact, although cork is soft, the material is able to maintain its shape and will not succumb to dents or gouges, even when heavy objects are placed on top of it. 

Warmth. Cork is a natural insulator that is able to maintain itself at room temperature, which means that it is warm when you touch it. As a result, you don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable when you walk on the floors when it’s cold.

Acoustics. Cork’s material absorbs sounds and vibrations and as a result, it can reduce sounds ranging from walking across the room to playing instruments. This can be a particularly useful feature if you have a two-story home and a large family.

Versatile Appearance. Cork flooring allows you to experiment and create a space that is artistic because it can be made into various grain patterns and colors. If you can imagine a certain look, you can find a design for your cork floor that brings it to life. 

How Much Does Cork Flooring Cost?

Cork Flooring

Cork is a comfortable, low-noise, long-lasting flooring type

  • Eco-friendly

  • Durable

  • Low noise

  • Lasts 40+ years

Cork flooring can cost between $5 on the low end and $12 on the high end, per square foot. Cost per square foot often depends on the quality of the cork as well as the length of the product’s warranty.

Considering cork is a sustainable, durable type of flooring – lasting up to 40 years or more – it can be a long-lasting option that can boost your home’s value and earn you a high return on investment.

How to Best Maintain Cork Floors

Cork flooring is easy to maintain, since the top coating keeps particles and dirt on its surface. In order to keep your cork floor looking great, all you need to do is regularly sweep or vacuum the surface to remove debris, as well as mop it as needed.

Cork floors can be a great choice for your home because of its versatility and features that make them look and feel great. As with many home renovations, finding and vetting the right contractor will be a big help in choosing the right type of flooring. Let Modernize help you find the right flooring contractor who can help you take the first step of your journey.

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