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Pros and Cons of Cork Flooring

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Pros:

  • Resilient: Cork flooring withstands foot traffic very well. It is naturally spongy and provides a more cushioned walking surface than other hard-surface flooring options.

  • Hypoallergenic: Naturally resistant to invasive organisms as well as mold and mildew an excellent choice for allergy sufferers.

  • Dozens of colors: From man-made colors to natural tones cork flooring can easily fit with your home’s theme.

  • Comfortable: Cork flooring is able to store warmth putting it right up there with carpet flooring it is also able to act as a sound barrier and insulator in areas that can suffer from echoes or other noises.

  • Naturally shock-absorbing: This allows dropped glasses or dishes to be less likely to break as other hard flooring.

Cons:

  • Cost: This flooring option can be expensive, but also will improve the value of your home if you decide to sell it.

  • Heavy Objects: Does not hold up well to very heavy furniture or items sitting on it for long periods of time and could be permanently indented if furniture pads are not used to help disperse the weight of the object.

  • Discolors in sunlight: If used in a room with plenty of direct sunlight, the cork may gradually discolor as it ages.
  • Water resistance: Cork is not very water resistant, all spills should be cleaned up immediately to prevent absorption.

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