Cork flooring is quickly gaining popularity among many
of today’s homebuilders. Cork has the warmth and beauty of a hardwood
floor, but because of its cellular structure is much softer to walk
on. This cell structure also gives cork many thermal insulation qualities
that other woods cannot offer.
Like bamboo, cork flooring is a great way to use a renewable resource
as a building material. Cork oak is not cut down, but rather the bark
is harvested every 9-10 years, leaving the tree to continue growing.
Some cork oak can continually produce quality bark for upwards of 200
Cork flooring can be especially beneficial if you or your family are
prone to allergies. Cork is naturally resistant to insects (including
termites), as well as mold. In addition, the same substance that makes
cork mold resistant (Suberin) also acts as a fire inhibitor.