Cork Flooring Designs and Styles for Your Interiors At S&G Carpet and More
Variety of Cork Flooring Style
Cork is a beautiful and durable soft wood flooring solution for most interiors.
With the right care, it’s even suitable for homes with kids and pets, and high-traffic commercial spaces.
It’s many benefits make it a popular alternative to hardwood, carpeting and even other natural flooring options like bamboo. And you’ll be happy to know that you chose an environmentally-friendly material.
Here’s a quick look at cork styles, options and benefits…
Cork Flooring Styles
Among your style options are narrow tiles, square tiles, and planks.
First, decide whether you care more about the surface feel or achieving a certain look.
If you want a smoother floor, squares or standard planks will be your best option. If you’re going for a more traditional look, explore tiles with beveled edges, like large and narrow tiles.
Cork Flooring Options for Home and Office
Whether you’re selecting cork flooring for your home or office, you have many attractive patterns to choose from.
The natural variations in this soft wood yield styles that resemble marble, stone, light and dark wood. And of course there are plain patterns too, similar to a cork board.
Keep in mind that cork patterns aren’t intended to create a pattern across the floor—each tile’s unique.
If the natural look isn’t for you, know that you can stain your cork floor with various colors. This can help you get that look you want but does have drawbacks.
As with most floors, lighter colors show dirt and seams more. And the stain only changes the surface, so natural cork will show through if there’s any damage.
Cork’s suitable for almost any room of your house. It’s often used in kitchens and dens, living rooms, bathrooms and rec rooms. And it’s safe to use with radiant-heated floors.
If you’re installing in a bathroom, be sure to give it additional layers of polyurethane for extra protection from water.
Benefits of Cork Flooring
You’ll be glad to know your cork flooring helps both your home environment and the environment outside.
Cork’s environmental benefits are a big reason it’s so popular for home and commercial flooring.
In your home or office, it will act as a natural insect-repellant. And it’s non-toxic and hypo-allergenic.
During the colder months, you can expect its insulating properties to help save you money. (It’s often used as an underlayment for carpeting, ceramic and hardwood because of this.)
Many shoppers are attracted to the fact that it’s a renewable resource. Harvesting about once per decade (thin slices from the thick bark) won’t harm cork trees because they naturally regenerate after the cork’s removed.
Cork’s also easy and inexpensive to repair because it’s:
- Scratch-resistant (simple wood putty will fill scratches)
- Cleans with a damp mop
And you’ll love it’s elastic quality if you spend a lot of time standing in the kitchen or at work.
If you’re looking for attractive flooring that’s durable and easy to care for, you’ve found the perfect solution.
To learn more about your cork flooring options, call S&G Carpet and More.