If you're looking for earth-friendly flooring, you can't go wrong with cork. It's a sustainable, natural product that's native to Spain and Tunisia, and the tree can live and produce new bark for up to 800 years. This material is ready for harvest after 25 years, and the bark grows for new removals every eight to 14 years. It's a new answer to green home improvements that have been in use for ages.
Benefits of Cork Flooring
This natural product resists cracking and abrasions and furniture legs won't leave imprints because it bounces back. Properly maintained, this flooring can last up to 40 years. And these are only a few of the perks it offers. There are others as well:
Types of Cork Flooring Finishes
There are two types of finishes used in this type of flooring:
Installing your new cork flooring can be accomplished in an afternoon if plank panels are used. A special tapping block helps lock the pieces into place, and an extra polyurethane finish is sometimes applied to the finished covering. This is an easy do-it-yourself project depending on the material that you choose. If you've never attempted to install flooring, however, you may want to leave this job to the professionals. This type of flooring is low on waste. Similar to the ground-up wood bark that is used in the manufacture of paper, any excess cork particles that accumulate on the production floor are recycled. After they are minced and glued for stability, they are processed into cork bottle stoppers. This makes cork a highly sought-after material for green home builders.
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