Eco-friendly flooring is a hot topic here at Floor Coverings International of Charleston. Homeowners in Charleston and the Lowcountry are increasingly opting for flooring materials that are sustainable and will leave behind a smaller carbon footprint. Cork is a fantastic choice that’s not just environmentally friendly, but also quite stylish.
What is Cork?
Cork flooring is derived from the bark of the cork tree. Cork farming involves a sustainable harvesting practice in which the bark of the tree is stripped while leaving the heart and roots of the tree intact. The bark on the cork tree then regenerates within 8 to 10 years of the initial harvest. This process sidesteps the deforestation practices commonly associated with hardwood flooring production, allowing each cork tree to thrive for up to 200 years.
How Does It Look and Feel?
Cork’s look typically ranges from light to medium brown, making it an excellent neutral choice that will compliment the design of any space. It resembles hardwood but at a lower price point. Cork is easy to customize with stains and colors that can perfectly match your décor. Both durable and springy, cork will remain strong without having to sacrifice comfort.
What are the Best Areas for Cork?
Cork is fantastic in nearly every area of your Lowcountry home. We highly recommend cork in high traffic areas of the home like entryways and the living room due to its bounce and resiliency. Since it has great insulation and sound absorption qualities, we also recommend cork for home gyms and bedrooms.
If anyone in your family is allergy prone, cork is the perfect solution. As a naturally hypoallergenic flooring material, cork will ward off mold, rot, mildew, and pests, all while repelling dust from the surface. This makes cork very easy to clean—simply sweep or vacuum to remove any tracked-in dirt.
Due to its softness, heavy furniture can leave indents on cork. We recommend that homeowners use furniture pads or coater to prevent damage. Furthermore, cork can fade if exposed to direct sunlight for long periods, so make sure curtains are drawn during particularly sunny days. Be sure to clean up spills immediately, as they can be easily absorbed and cause unsightly stains.
Are you interested in installing cork flooring in your home in your Charleston home? Our friendly experts here at Floor Coverings International of Charleston are here to help! Call us today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom. We offer cork flooring to the Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and the Lowcountry areas.
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