The Pros and Cons of Cork Flooring

Selecting the right flooring option for a room can be difficult as there’s a lot to consider. Form, function and aesthetics will all determine which type of flooring will work best for your needs.

Cork flooring is a popular option for several reasons. It’s easy to maintain, has great natural insulation properties and provides sound absorption. However, like any other type of flooring it isn’t without downsides.

We’ve put together this list of pros and cons to help you determine if cork flooring is right for you. Let’s begin.

Cons

  • To keep it waterproof, cork floorboards must be sealed every 5 years or so.
  • Not ideal for the kitchen as it can get stained with oil and dirt if left unprotected and not regularly cleaned.
  • Similarly, if you remodel the kitchen, install the cabinets first and then the cork floors. This is because the cabinet can create dents on the floor with its weight.
  • You’ll need to invest in furniture with pad protection to reduce the chances of dents in the flooring.
  • Cork flooring is comparatively more expensive than other conventional flooring options.
  • Sharp objects can damage cork flooring, so it’s not ideal if you have heavy furniture items in the room you wish to install it.

Pros

  • Cork extraction does not damage or harm trees, making it environmentally-friendly when compared to other types of flooring.
  • Scratches on cork floors do not stand out; with time, they become a part of the material mould.
  • Cork floors can be easily installed with glue or the groove installation technique.
  • It can be installed on glass mosaic tile, standard ceramic or on the uneven surfaces.
  • This type of flooring has great heat insulation, meaning you’ll have a warm surface to walk on in the colder months.
  • Cork is a material with sound absorption properties. This makes it a great flooring option for retrofitted buildings or noisy homes.

Whether cork flooring is right for you will depend a lot on what you need. Just remember, flooring is an investment. It’s meant to last you several years. Do your research and choose wisely. When you’re ready, we’ll be there to help with the installation.

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