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Cork is derived from the bark of the cork tree. The flooring itself is usually made from the remnants from the manufacture of bottle stoppers or what one might call a “wine bottle cork”. The cork tree continually replaces its bark, thus a cork tree is never cut down for its bark. This quality makes cork flooring one of the most sustainable flooring products available. Cork flooring has been around for over a 100 years, but now is enjoying resurgence in popularity driven by consumer demand and improved manufacturing techniques. What does cork have to offer that sets it apart from other flooring choices? Quite a bit it turns out. In fact, no other flooring product can match the combined benefits of cork. Cork flooring is extremely durable, sound absorbent, a great insulator, and very easy to install. There are numerous style option and colors to choose from with this versatile flooring product.
Cork resists cracking and abrasions and is impermeable to gas and liquid. Cork flooring also bounces back, so indentations caused by furniture won't be permanent. When properly maintained, cork flooring can last 40 years or more. Cork is naturally resistant to mold, mildew and termites. It's also anti-microbial. Cork flooring does not off-gas or shed microfibers to negatively affect indoor air quality. Cork is fire-resistant, cork will melt or ignite only at very high temperatures. Before and during combustion, cork generates less smoke and releases far less toxic material than other flooring choices.
A cork floor provides a comfortable cushion underfoot because it "gives" when compressed. Cork is also a natural thermal and acoustic insulator, which means rooms with cork flooring are naturally warm and quiet. Cork flooring is available in tiles and planks in many styles, colors and sizes. Use planks to create an almost seamless-looking floor, or use tiles in single or alternating colors to create a nontraditional effect. Cork flooring is widely available In addition to being used as surface flooring, cork can be used as an underlayment for hardwood, laminate and ceramic tiles to reduce room noise. Let the experts at Harrys Carpets show you how Cork can be a beautiful, affordable, Eco- friendly choice for you.
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