Cork is the bark of the cork oak tree. The regeneration process occurs on average every 9 years. With a slow growth rate of about 3 feet per year, trees are known to last 150-200 years. As the bark of the tree grows it traps carbon from the atmosphere helping to purify the air. Cork is a Greenguard-certified material which identifies products that have low emissions and improve the air quality of the environment in which they are used. Cork is antimicrobial and hypoallergenic.
Cork is a cellular material that provides excellent cushioning underfoot. Cork is softer than other hard surface flooring materials such as laminate and tile, it provides support and stability while decreasing body fatigue. Cork naturally is a resilient material and has the ability to bounce back from many indentations. Cork flooring is available in both glue-down and floating options.
Cork is a naturally sustainable material. The structure of cork allows it to absorb sound therefore providing insulating and acoustic benefits. Cork is commonly used to reduce the sound transmission under other flooring materials and can cut sound levels by as much as 20 decibels depending on the thickness.
Cork is available in many patterns and colors. There are many one-of-a-kind visuals of Cork Patterns, Wood Planks and even Stone Visuals to choose from. Cork flooring provides a fashionable and timeless look that complements any environment. Choose from rustic looks to modern effects to find the perfect floor for your project.
Cork flooring is generally coated with polyurethane; similar to a hardwood floor, that provides years of protection for your floor and requires little maintenance. You can sweep, vacuum and damp mop your floor to maintain their appearance. Best of all, cork is a waterproof material and can be used in most rooms in the house.
Visit a Carpet Spectrum showroom to view samples and consult with one of our associates to learn more about the many benefits of cork flooring for your residential or commercial project.