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All you need to know about cork tile

All you need to know about cork tile flooring

What   is cork and cork tile flooring?

Cork is one of the many wonders of nature- a renewable product of   wood, harvested from the bark of some specific oak trees, generally found in   Portugal. The outer layer of this bark is harvested while the layer beneath   is left so that it regenerates, becoming ready for harvest after   approximately nine years. This can continue for around 150 years-after which   a new one replaces the old tree.

Cork tile flooring comes from cork fragments that are bound   together, then cut down to different shapes, sizes and widths. You can get   anything ranging from unfinished and natural cork to prefinished with   urethane coating, vinyl-clad and floating cork amongst many other   varieties.

The Pros of Cork   Flooring

The feel of cork is one such unique characteristic that instantly   makes it into an advantage that no other flooring type can offer. It is   extremely soft and yielding, which makes it a great choice for rooms where   you or the people in will need to stand for extended durations. It is also   great for children’s rooms and those where the elderly will be.

Internally, cork is made of air-filled chambers, which can be   millions in number. These help in insulating any room from noise-, which   means cork tile flooring, can help you avoid the transmission of noise up the   ceiling and down from the floor. Cork flooring also acts as a repellant of   hair, dust and other small particles, which makes it easier to clean and not   cause any allergy-related problems to those who are sensitive. It also   contains suberin, which is a waxy substance that repels insects and other   small vermin, thus making it an excellent antimicrobial.

The Cons of Cork   Flooring

If you are looking for a flooring option that will stay pristine and   damage free all the time, then cork is not for you- since it gets torn and   scratched from a number of materials. Being a soft material, it is also   highly susceptible to damage, and any sharp objects dropping on cork tile   flooring will puncture it. Even heavy furniture or appliances can sink down   and damage the floor permanently- though this can be avoided by using   furniture coasters (this is not a permanent solution.

If you are looking for a flooring solution that is soft, hypoallergenic   and hygienic, then cork flooring is for you- provided there is not going to   be too much rough usage of the same on a regular basis.