Cork flooring is a great option for both residential and commercial use. It is resilient, durable, and good-looking. It offers insulation from the elements and soundproofing to keep an area free from excess noise. Furthermore, cork is one of the most eco-friendly flooring options on the market.
If you are considering cork flooring for one or more rooms in the home, take the following information from the experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland East into account. It is important to know what your options are and be aware of proper flooring maintenance guidelines so your flooring looks good and remains in good condition as the years go by.
Choose the Flooring
Cork flooring is available as planks or tiles. You can choose between mosaic tiles, solid, or engineered cork flooring. Each option has its own unique pros and cons; even so, engineered flooring is particularly convenient because you can install it over existing flooring.
Cork flooring can be left natural, stained, or even painted. Natural flooring has a light shade that is especially ideal for small rooms and homes that are meant to have a natural look. Stained floors can be great for homeowners that want dark colored flooring, while painted floors can be suitable for any room going for an artistic look. You can either paint the floor after it has been installed or buy painted cork tiles.
Click together floating floor tiles or planks are ideal as you can install them easily over the existing floor. However, be aware that these tiles are not suitable for the bathroom or kitchen as the moisture will cause the substrate part of the tiles to swell up. Glue down flooring is ideal for any room of the house. Our trained flooring installers will help you decide which option is best for you!
Cork Floor Maintenance
It is very easy to clean and maintain a cork floor. The floor’s natural pattern hides dirt, so simply sweep and mop the floor when you feel it’s necessary. Polishing your cork floor once a year with wood polish brings out its natural beauty and makes it look new again.
Cork flooring can fade when continually exposed to direct sunlight. Consider using area rugs and throw rugs on parts of the floor that get a lot of exposure to UV rays. Alternatively, invest in UV film for your windows to protect your floors, curtains, and other furnishings.
If you are thinking about changing the flooring in your home, consider cork and all that it has to offer. It is easy to install and maintain and the numerous color options ensure that it can look good in just about any room of the house. What is more, it can add value to your house if you decide to resell it at a later date. Give us a call today to schedule your free in-home consultation where we bring the cork samples to you! We proudly serve the greater Cleveland areas.