for anyone wanting an eco-friendly, easy to maintain, and versatile flooring.
Cork is a natural wood product from the outer bark of the cork oak, a species of tree native to the Mediterranean region. The bark is harvested from the trees without cutting them down. About one third of the trunk is stripped, approximately every nine years. The trees are able to live until reaching full maturity, about 150 years, and is then replaced by a young tree.
Quiet is Key
Cork has a cellular structure that absorbs sound waves. The bouncing of sound waves called reverberation is significantly less than it is with solid wood, wood laminate, and imitation wood flooring. Sound transfer is also reduced from adjacent upper levels of the building, especially if a cork underlayment is added to the cork flooring installation.
The numerous, tiny air pockets retains more surface heat and is more effective for saving energy. This is more effective in the winter than other types of hard surfaces such as ceramic, stone, and vinyl. With its low thermal conductivity, cork flooring is also desirable for providing thermal insulation when installed over slab. In the summer however, the effects of cork reverse. When airborne humidity levels rise, cork flooring has a cool, natural feeling compared to the man-made feeling of carpet. The fact is that cork flooring does not trap humidity and will create a lighter air in the room.
Cork is an excellent flooring material because although it feels hard when you touch it, it’s slightly resilient. This ability to bounce back after walking on it increases the life span of the flooring. In residential settings, cork flooring is a lifetime investment if cleaned and maintained properly. Normal sweeping or vacuuming, wiping up spills and excess moisture immediately, and the use of walk-on mats in entryways are all that’s needed for daily care. For overall cleaning, a damp mopping will remove built up dirt without harming the cork floor.
Call us today at Floor Coverings International Cleveland West for a free consultation and find out why cork flooring is the flooring you need in your Westlake, Avon Lake, or Bay Village, Ohio home today!
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