Warm, Eco, Stylish: Why Cork Kitchen Flooring is Making a Comeback

Do you want something different, but natural in your kitchen? Stylish cork kitchen flooring could be the eco-friendly alternative you’re looking for. We’re going to tell you why we like it, aside from its reasonable cost.

Technology Meets Nature

Cork flooring is made from the bark of the cork oak tree (Quercus suber).

In the green building product range, cork flooring is a tried-and-tested option. Cork is a renewable resource. The bark is sustainably harvested by hand from living, mature trees without harming the trees themselves.

Originating mainly in southern Europe. a tree is harvested for the first time at around 25 years old, with a gap of about ten years between each harvest. The tree completely replaces the bark at that time. Once the cork is harvested, it is ground, mixed with resin, and pressed into sheets.

The result is a pleasingly soft cushion-like flooring that comes in a range of colors. Sealers and finishes help the cork retain its warm, natural beauty. Check out your options at Empire Flooring’s website.

Quiet and Warm

Cork floor tiles are more efficient at noise reduction than hardwood flooring and ceramic tiles. Air is trapped int he spongy cell structure of the cork itself. The trapped air serves as a natural insulator. No more cold feet during those barefoot fridge raids in the middle of the night!

Its insulating properties are also what make cork excellent as reducing noise. Although we’re talking about flooring here, cork sheeting can also be applied to walls so that sound finds it hard to travel from one room to the next.

Springy Underfoot

Walking on cork tile flooring feels more like walking on a carpet than on wooden floors. The cushioning effect of the surface helps to ease strain often experienced after standing for long periods in one place – a common enough occurrence in a kitchen.

And if you’re clumsy, that plate or cup that you drop is less likely to break than it would be on ceramic or wooden floors.

Great for Allergy Sufferers and Babies

Cork naturally repels dust and pet allergens. Tests reveal that where the cork is installed, indoor air quality improves. Not only that, cork has anti-microbial properties because of its waxy substance called suberin. It repels insects and mold and resists rotting as a result.

Cork Kitchen Flooring and Ease of Installation and Repair

Ease of installation has got to be one of the cork flooring’s selling points. Installation and tile replacement is straightforward. Anyone who is half-way decent at home improvement can do the job.

Sections where traffic is especially heavy, causing wear and tear over time, can be easily replaced. The ability of cork to bounce back to its original shape does prolong the life of your good-looking kitchen floor.

Cork is also fire resistant since it is relatively difficult to set alight, and slow-burning if you succeed in doing so.

Cleaning is a Dream

Although some stains might prove problematic if not wiped up right away, you’ll save a ton of money in cleaning products. All the floor needs for a good clean is a wipe-over with a damp (not wet) mop. At last, there’s a solution that makes sense.

Seal the Deal

Gone are the days of polishing or steaming. Applying a sealer to the cork is one thing we recommend. It prevents the worst of the stains from becoming permanent, since spilling water will cause stains.

While sealed finishes are generally recommended, you might want to go for the totally natural, earth-friendly method, and merely sand your floors every once and a while to give them a facelift.

Get in touch with us to discover the many possibilities of cork kitchen flooring!