One topic that we hear a lot about at Floor Coverings International Seminole is eco-friendly flooring. Tons of people in Clearwater are choosing materials from renewable resources to lower their carbon footprint and be environmentally conscious. Not only is this great for the earth, but it is also great for your home. One of the most popular options available is cork flooring. Cork is a beautiful choice if you are searching for something close to hardwood but want a softer feel and look in your home.
Why Choose Cork?
One of the great reasons to choose cork for your Clearwater home is the eco-friendly way in which it is farmed. Sustainable farming consists of stripping the outer layer from the tree, which can grow back in as little as three years. The bark is then normally farmed every 8-10 years to allow for substantial regrowth. This is considered eco-friendly because you maintain the roots and heart of the tree, instead of clearing out a whole section of forest every harvest season. The one downside is that healthy cork is only harvested from the Mediterranean and cannot be grown elsewhere. The lack of local options increases the carbon footprint in the production process, but is still more eco-friendly than other practices. By employing eco-friendly practices, you will be bringing fewer chemicals or potentially toxic gasses into your home.
Cork In Your Home
Cork as a flooring option is extremely beneficial in homes because of the natural properties that keep it comfortable and practical. Cork is a naturally elastic material that holds the sturdiness of hardwood but is more forgiving on joints. It is desirable in kitchens or entryways where there is a lot of foot traffic and risk for scratches or stains. The durable material can absorb the pressure of those areas and it is easy to clean and maintain. It is naturally fire resistant, mold and mildew resistant, and an active insect repellant. In bedrooms, cork is a great choice because it is hypoallergenic and will insulate or cool based on the temperature.
Unlike hardwood and bamboo, cork more easily accepts dyes and can be customized to match your existing features. But the characteristic markings of the cork tree give a very unique and natural look to your home, something you won’t likely want to cover up. Furthermore, the temperature regulating pores of the cork tree will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. With proper care throughout the year, your cork floors will last for years and make a statement in your home.
If you’re interested in installing Cork in your Clearwater home, contact Floor Coverings International Seminole today and we will schedule a free visit from our mobile showroom. We proudly serve our clients in Clearwater, Seminole & Largo from day one until you are satisfied with your new floors. We look forward to hearing from you!
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