Why cork is the perfect eco-friendly flooring choice

Cork is the perfect choice if you are looking for eco-friendly flooring for your home or workplace. Cork is a natural product with many benefits to its use, as well as being a naturally sustainable alternative to other flooring choices.

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Cork is very much back in trend and according to the Daily Telegraph modern city dwellers are now using it as an alternative to the more traditional flooring choices of oak and parquet flooring. It has come a long way from the seventies with increasing volumes of cork forests growing in Europe.

Cork is made from tree bark, making it a natural and renewable resource. The outer bark is stripped from the tree, which grows back over a period of 9 years. This means the tree gets harvested every 9 years, and with the tree living up to 200 years, we can see why cork is very much favoured as the eco-friendly choice. The processing is simple too, with the corking being pressed or boiled. Any wastage is then reused. The key point being that no trees are cut down to provide cork flooring.

So, considering that many of us are moving towards more environmentally friendly flooring, what are the benefits of cork flooring?

Comfort

Cork has over 40 million natural cushion cells per cubic centimetre which provides thermal insulation and soundproofing all in one. Not only is it comfortable to walk on barefoot but it is quiet too. It has a real warmth to it and also pleasant to the touch.

Maintenance

Cork floors have the benefit of being resistant to bacteria and do not absorb dust, making this an ideal flooring choice for allergy sufferers, in particular, those who suffer from Asthma.
Nowadays, cork flooring is coated with a highly-advanced coating making cork extremely hard wearing and very resistant. A perfect choice for high traffic areas. Maintenance is low key too with very minimal upkeep required.

If all this sounds too good to be true, then it would be worth looking at some different types of cork flooring that are available to purchase from retailers such as http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/what-is/cork-flooring where there are great choices available.

To sum up, cork is eco-friendly, hard wearing, insulated, sound and waterproof and soft to the touch. What is there not to like about modern cork flooring?