Cork Flooring

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated October 10, 2016)

Have you ever thought about using the option of cork flooring for your new hardwood floor? If not, you really should. Before you go out and choose some cork flooring, there is a few things that you should keep in mind. The following information is designed to help you determine whether or not cork flooring will work for you. Simply look over these points, and then keep in it mind when making the final decision about your new hardwood floors.

  • Style. Cork flooring is amazingly versatile in the way that it looks. For example, unlike other kinds of hardwood flooring, cork flooring can actually take the appearance of other kinds of woods and even stone. Keep in mind that the price will change dramatically depending on the style that you end up choosing, but on the average you can expect cork flooring to go for about $3.47 per square foot.
  • Pros. Besides the versatility that comes with cork flooring, there are other pros that you should be aware of with cork flooring. For example, cork flooring is a very hypoallergenic type of flooring. This means that it is extremely resistant to mold and mildew. In addition it also has a whole lot of give that other types of hardwood floors don't have. This means that the floors will often feel slightly springy when you walk on them.
  • Cons. There are a few drawbacks to cork flooring, and most of them revolve around the cost and where you can place the material. Keep in mind that, on average, the cost, when compared to linoleum and some kinds of carpeting, can be fairly high. Another common drawback to this flooring material is that heavy furniture can (and often will) leave an impression on it.
  • Ease of care. On average, cork flooring can be fairly easily maintained and cleaned. This means that most spills and stains can be cleaned up simply using a damp rag. Do not use a wet mop to clean the floors though. Generally speaking, cork flooring has a tendency to soak up water or fluids that have been left on them for too long. This means that you will need to keep any eye out for any spilled fluids and clean them up as quickly as possible.

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Lee Wyatt

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