Cork has enjoyed a rough position in flooring design world in last few years. Installers in previous days used quite low quality materials that aren't maintained properly and were less cared for, this lead to shabby surfaces that degraded in short amount of time. Nevertheless, natural cork has risen in ranks and has become a preferred option for kitchen, gym, as well as bathroom flooring. The credit for this can be given to the evolution in manufacturing world that simplified care and maintenance of this food.
Now cork flooring is considered as a best option for basement and other places that do not need less maintenance and care. Cork happens to be one of the most renewable resources of flooring on our planet. It is extracted from cork oak’s bark that is evergreen found in Mediterranean region of Northern Africa and Southern Europe. Cork Oak trees are grown and harvested for their bark much of which takes place during summers that loosens up against the tree’s trunk with time. The harvesting of cork is a procedure that does no harm to trees which makes it a completely eco-friendly option. The bark grows again in next 9-10 years allowing a single crop of cork trees to be continued for decades. Once tree’s bark is harvested, it is then granulated and pressed flat with the help of binding agents like resin. The manufacturers then bake it into sheets that are then used for installation of floorings.
Apart from being hundred percent natural, there are several other reasons that persuade hundreds to go for these. The first one is its softness, if you ever extracted a cork from wine bottle you would know how soft it is. The yielding surface of this wood makes it quite cozy and comfortable for your feet. Also it is well insulated against noise and all kinds of infections, it is perfect for quiet ambience. The prime reason being the cells on its surface are filled with air and act as small cushions for noise. These are excellent for schools and hospital where lots of furniture sliding and rolling takes place. Cork also has ability to get back from impressions and dents which means it is safe for keeping all sort of objects. And last but not the least, wet cork offers an excellent traction for feet which makes it perfect for bathroom and gym floorings.
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