Marietta kitchen with cork flooringMore homeowners in the greater Marietta area are looking for alternative flooring materials that are both sustainably produced and environmentally friendly. Enter cork flooring, which has recently gained in popularity for its durability, beautiful design, and eco-friendly appeal. If you are considering installing cork flooring in your home, read on as our experts at Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta share some important things to know before making your decision.

Eco-Friendly Flooring

Cork is an all natural and renewable material made from the bark of cork trees. The harvesting process of cork, in which the exterior bark is removed leaving behind an underlayer of new bark, is completed every 8-9 years and causes no harm to the tree itself. For flooring applications, the raw bark is then cut and mixed with resin, then pressed into sheets and baked in a kiln.

Durability

One of the things homeowners love the most about cork is its durability. It is quite resilient as a flooring material, even with a soft surface that compresses under pressure. Because it is softer than other materials, such as hardwood, it’s important to use furniture pads under heavy items to prevent permanent impressions in the flooring. With proper sealant, cork flooring can be installed in nearly every room of your home. To ensure your flooring lasts for years to come, have your cork resealed regularly by an experienced professional. This is particularly important in areas with exposure to moisture, as cork easily stains and absorbs liquids if not properly treated.

Up close view of cork flooringMaintenance

Compared to other flooring materials, cork flooring may need a more frequent cleaning routine to keep it looking its best. Dirt and debris can rub and wear away the floor’s finish, which causes discoloration and damage overtime. We recommend sweeping or dust mopping as often as daily to make sure your floors are free of any particles that may cause unwanted wear. When using a vacuum cleaner, be sure to avoid using beater bars or attachments that could scratch the floor’s surface. To help increase cork’s longevity, your floors will need to be professionally resealed every 5-7 years.

Your Local Flooring Experts

Cork flooring can provide many homes and businesses with a durable flooring that’s cost effective and easy on the environment. If you are considering having cork flooring installed, call Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta to schedule your free design consultation. We carry a great selection of cork and other eco-friendly flooring materials and are dedicated to helping you find the perfect flooring for your needs.

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