Cork flooring in Dakota County living room

At Floor Coverings International Dakota County, serving the greater Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul areas, we’re all about eco-friendly flooring options and that includes cork flooring! Cork is a great option for anyone wanting an easy-to-maintain and versatile flooring that’s also easy on the environment.

Sustainable Option

Cork is a natural wood product from the outer bark of the cork oak, a species of tree native to the Mediterranean region. The bark is harvested from the trees without cutting them down, with roughly one-third of the trunk being stripped approximately every nine years. These trees can live for up to 200 years and their bark can be harvested throughout their entire lifespan.

Quiet is Key

Cork has a cellular structure that absorbs sound waves. The bouncing of sound waves (known as reverberation) in a room with cork flooring is significantly less than one with solid wood, wood laminate, or tile flooring. Sound transfer is also reduced from adjacent upper levels of your home, especially if a cork underlayment is added to the cork flooring installation.

up-close view of cork flooring

Energy Efficient

The numerous, tiny air pockets retain more surface heat and are more effective for saving energy. This is particularly helpful in the winter when other types of hard surfaces such as ceramic, stone, and some hardwoods remain cold to the touch. With its low thermal conductivity, cork flooring is also desirable for providing thermal insulation when installed over concrete slab. In the summer, however, the effects of cork reverse. When humidity levels rise, cork flooring has a cool, natural feeling compared to the man-made feeling of carpet. Cork flooring does not trap humidity and will create a lighter feeling to the air in the room.

Low-maintenance

Cork is an excellent flooring material because although it feels hard when you touch it, it’s slightly resilient. This ability to bounce back after walking on it increases the lifespan of the flooring. In residential settings, cork flooring is a lifetime investment if cleaned and maintained properly. Normal sweeping or vacuuming, wiping up spills and excess moisture immediately, and the use of walk-on mats in entryways are all that’s needed for daily care. For overall cleaning, a damp mopping will remove built-up dirt without harming the cork floor.

Call us today at Floor Coverings International Dakota County for a free consultation and find out why cork flooring is the flooring you need today! We’ll bring our mobile showroom full of hundreds of flooring samples to help you find the perfect floors for your home!

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