Cork flooring is one of the most environmentally friendly floorings on the market. It also is one of the best natural sound-absorbing materials available. Pet traffic is generally not an issue; keeping your large dog’s nails trimmed will help keep your cork flooringlooking beautiful. Cork has an advantage over hardwoods as it is resilient, absorbs impact and doesn’t scratch or gouge as easily as hardwood. If you purchase the high-density cork that is used in commercial and industrial floors you will find it wears like iron. Pre-finished cork seams are unfinished and will turn black over time. It is best to buy site-finished cork that is cover with a low-VOC polyurethane varnish or a less durable wax coating.
Natural, Sound-Absorbing and Resilient
The natural colors of cork can range from almost white to deep, dark browns. Cork flooring comes in both tiles and panels – a thickness in the 3/16-inch range is typical for the one-foot-square tiles. The darkness of the earth tones is controlled by how long the cork is baked. The longer it is baked, the darker brown it becomes. The panels are one foot by three feet and they snap together similarly to laminate flooring. They look similar to hardwood planks when finished.
Here’s a great cork flooring article from Donna Frasca, Interior Designer/Color Expert. Highly specialized in designing color palettes for homes and businesses. Charlotte, NC (http://decoratingbydonna.com): http://bit.ly/OPVoE4