Cork Flooring – All You Need to Know

Ever since my visit to Portugal earlier this summer I’ve been in love with the idea of replacing all of my fitted carpets with cork. The sustainability of cork is a good enough reason in itself. We are all conscious after all of making better decisions in our purchases these days. But there are many more reasons why choosing cork over other flooring options is a good idea. And once you’ve scrolled down the images below, you’ll have to agree that it looks pretty good too.

Cork Flooring - All You Need to Know

Bacana Grey Corka, The Colour Flooring Co.

Sustainability and Green Credentials

Cork is 100% sustainable. The cork trees are not harmed in the harvesting of the bark and the trees actually regenerate the bark over the next nine years. And the forests themselves have the capacity to absorb 14.7 tons of CO2 per hectare from the atmosphere. This helps to reduce Global Warming Potential and makes the cork industry climate positive.What’s more the actual manufacture of cork flooring and other cork products is equally green. Factories are located within a few kilometres of the forests and any cork waste is collected, granulated and used in the production process. Even the dust produced is burned to generate 65% of the energy needed. One final point, is that because cork is a natural product it does not emit any nasty gases that you may find with other flooring.

Cork Flooring - All You Need to Know

Amizade Corka, The Colour Flooring Co.

Comfort

Cork is considered one of the most comfortable of flooring options available. It has a unique honeycomb cellular structure, which gives a soft springy feeling to walk on. Because of this, cork is popular in rooms where you will be standing for long periods of time, such as kitchens. Cork is also a natural thermal and acoustic insulator, which means rooms with cork flooring are naturally warm and quiet. Any room floored with cork will reduce noise from being transmitted through the floor to the ceiling below and it can also help you save money on heating bills.

Cork Flooring - All You Need to Know

Camada White Corka, The Colour Flooring Co.

Naturally Hypo-Allergenic

Unlike carpet, cork flooring tends to repel dust, hair, and other small particles from its surface. The material is also easier to get completely clean and so results in higher indoor air quality. If you struggle with allergies or asthma, cork can alleviate some of your symptoms. That’s because this flooring is mildew and mold resistant, plus it contains natural anti-microbial properties. Which means cork repels dirt, dander, and dust mites better than many types of flooring.

Cork Flooring - All You Need to Know

Affordable and Easy to Use

Cork flooring for the 21st century is extremely simple to fit. Corka (which is available from The Colour Flooring Co) comes in long planks that click into place quickly. Because it is a floating surface it can be laid easily on top of any hard floor with no need for gluing. The planks also come with their own underlay already in place. It’s suitable for use with underfloor heating and it’s heavy duty protective wear layer means it is durable and low maintenance. Corka is also 100% waterproof so you can use it in the bathroom and kitchen with complete confidence.

Best of all, at £49 per square metre it’s not going to break the bank.

Styling by Joanna Thornhill

Photography by Jake Curtis

 

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