Cork flooring is quickly gaining popularity in Calgary as a durable, all-natural, renewable alternative to traditional hardwood flooring.
Cork has many unique inherent properties which make it an ideal floor covering for most applications. The product is constructed from the bark of the Cork Oak tree, which is harvested every 8 years. Cork is in-sect resistant, anti-static, will not spread flame, and is naturally insulating both ther-mally and acoustically.
Installed directly on the concrete slab in the basement, a cork floor, like laminated flooring, has numerous advantages that make it an excellent choice for the basement.
Besides being a green choice, cork flooring has sound insulating properties, so it helps silence footfalls. It’s compressible yet resilient, and is comfortable underfoot — the cushioning helps fight fatigue, so it’s a good choice for a kitchen if you like to spend hours preparing meals.
It’s naturally resistant to mildew, mold and insects, too.
Cork flooring is not without a few drawbacks. The laminated planks and water-based glues and finishes are sensitive to high humidity and splashes, so cork flooring isn’t recommended for bathrooms or damp basements. Cork kitchen flooring is fine as long as any spills are wiped up immediately.