In the flooring industry we are seeing cork flooring become more and more popular, in part because cork is sustainable, making it an environmentally friendly product. Cork is a natural, recyclable and biodegradable product, therefore earning its “green” title. Cork is the outer bark of the evergreen cork oak. It is harvested by stripping the bark every nine years. Each cork oak tree can provide an average 16 harvests over its 150-200 year lifespan. After the cork is harvested the trees are left for nine years to allow the cork bark to grow back and then the whole process starts again. Cork is primarily harvested to make wine corks, which are cut from the bark, and the remaining cork is used to make flooring.
Cork is easy to clean, durable, warm, and water-resistant. Cork is also anti-static and is recommended for use where electronic equipment may be used. Cork consists of 40 million cells per cubic centimeter which retain gas, giving cork the ability to float, insulate, and re-expand quickly after compression. Because cork insulates, it is ideal for any part of your home where you may need warmth or quiet. The water-resistantance and natural flexibility of cork makes this flooring perfect for kitchens and bathrooms! Cork flooring is a great option for Colorado homes because of how active we are. Cork is a great option for activity rooms for children and yoga or workout rooms as well! We have also had many clients use cork for commercial purposes in retail outfits and yoga studios.
Cork is naturally hypoallergenic, mildew, moisture, dust, and pollen resistant as well. QU-Cork is a large manufacturer of cork, and a company that Bretz Interiors knows and trusts. QU-Cork has an added level of cleanliness protection called Microban antimicrobial technology infused into the flooring and underlayment products during the manufacturing process to inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria, mold, and mildew. QU-Cork also provides a limited residential lifetime structural warranty that gives testimony to its construction and design of this resilient flooring.
To find out more information about Cork flooring, or to discuss your flooring options, please don’t hesitate to give our sales team a call. We are happy to answer questions!
1585 Allison St.
Lakewood, CO 80214