Get to Know Cork Flooring!

yellow sneakers on a background of cork

Are you looking for a flooring a material for your home or business? Whether you are designing an office or renovating your home, you should spend time thinking about the kind of flooring you want for your space. What options are you considering? Perhaps cork is not very high on your list, but at Tony’s Flooring Centre, we do love cork floors!

Here are some things you should know about cork floors:

Cork is Unique

How often do you see a home with cork flooring? Not that often, right? Unlike carpet or hardwood floors which are among the most popular options, cork is not the go-to choice of most people. That’s why if your goal is to achieve a unique look for your home, cork is an excellent choice!

Cork is Environmentally Friendly

Do you know where cork comes from? Not many people do. Cork is actually what they call the bark from an oak tree, which is the Cork Oak which is native to some parts of Europe and Africa. Cork is stripped from the tree and this process doesn’t harm the tree at all. The bark grows back and years later could be harvested again. That’s why it’s sustainable.

Cork is Very Durable

Cork floors can last you for 40 years or more. That’s why they are often used in establishments like banks, courthouses, libraries, schools, and more. Because of its softness, there is less grinding action from foot traffic compared to harder surfaces. Additionally, cork floors can also be repaired if damaged.

Cork Feels Nice

Unlike harder flooring options, cork is not rigid. In fact, cork bounces back when you step on it. it is a great option for people with knee, joint, or back problem. It also doesn’t feel cold so you can feel comfortable when you walk on it barefoot.

Cork is a Safe and Healthy Material

Cork floors are anti-microbial so they can repel insects, vermin, bacteria, and other germs and microbes that you can sometimes find on a floor’s surface. Termites, mold, and mildew cannot live in cork floors so you don’t have to worry about them either. Cork can also be resistant to fire and water.

Cork Floors are Beautiful

You might be feeling unsure about cork flooring because what you visualize is the cork plug that you can’t pull out of your wine bottle, or that bulletin board where you pin all your tasks.  However, what many people do not know is that cork floors do come in a variety of colours and styles. They can also mimic the look of tile or hardwood if you are into the appeal of those but prefer the benefits of cork.

See, there are a lot of reasons for you to love cork floors like we do! If you’re ready to get cork floors for your Toronto home, just give us a call! Tony’s Flooring Centre can provide you with the best cork floors you can ever imagine.