From tile and hardwood, to laminate and vinyl, the choices are endless for kitchen floors. But, in today’s post, Envy Home Services discusses another option — cork — and whether it is a perfect fit for your kitchen space.
More About Cork Flooring
Cork is a type of resilient flooring made from the bark of the cork oak tree. It is composed of suberin, a naturally occurring waxy substance that makes it waterproof. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, it is usually sealed with a protective coating or finish upon installation.
The Advantages of Cork Flooring in Your Kitchen
A major advantage of cork is the comfort it provides. This material is slightly cushioned, creating a soft surface underfoot. It’s a plus if you spend a lot of time cooking or entertaining in your kitchen. The material is also a natural insulator. It helps with noise transmission and maintains a steadier temperature.
Cork is also ideal for homeowners seeking eco-friendly solutions. In fact, it’s a sustainable and biodegradable material. Furthermore, it has anti-allergenic properties and is resistant to mold, mildew and termites.
The Downsides of Cork Flooring
Cork flooring does have its drawbacks. One of which is that prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause it to discolor. Also, heavy furniture can leave an imprint on the highly malleable and soft cork material. It may require frequent replacements to ensure it lasts long and looks pleasing aesthetically.
If not properly sealed and maintained, moisture can cause cork flooring to warp. Unfortunately, moisture in the air and stray droplets from washing food and dishes may shorten the lifespan and durability of cork flooring.
Making a Decision
Consider factors such as aesthetics, function and lifestyle to determine if cork flooring fits your kitchen. Think about your kitchen’s usage, environmental factors, and maintenance levels. Of course, you can seek advice from a reputable remodeler like Envy Home Services to help you make an informed decision.
Ready to explore cork and other flooring options for your kitchen remodeling project? Envy Home Services is the name to call! Get in touch with us at (888) 847-7954 or via our contact form for a consultation!