It’s the weekend as you return home both excited, but also with a slight sense of trepidation. You are moving from your flat to a more spacious multi-room house which, while a fantastic investment and hopefully a permanent base for many years to come, it also needs a huge amount of work doing to it as the affordable price related to its condition.
Fortunately, your brother-in-law is an electrician, so he’s already sorted the wiring and that side of things out, while you and some pals have got to work on other jobs, meaning you should be fine to move in as you have decided to go to a company who specialise in cork floor boards.
But why choose cork? Well, several factors have helped you in your decision-making.
- Cork is durable resisting cracking and abrasions and is impermeable to gas and liquid. The floor is also flexible, meaning that indentations caused by furniture won’t be permanent. If it is looked after properly, cork flooring can last 40 years or more, which also makes it a good value for money.
- It is good for the environment, with cork harvesting practices being sustainable. When a tree reaches 25 years old, its bark can be harvested. For cork, it can be harvested every 8 to 14 years without having to kill the tree. Cork trees can sometimes live up to 800 years, so there is no damage to the environment as they are seldom chopped down.
- There is no aesthetic loss compared to the installation of hardwood floors as cork flooring comes in tiles and planks of many styles, colours, and sizes, and they are available at your nearby store. The highest quality of this type of flooring is available at Brisbane cork flooring supplier Market Timbers. The various options available allow for such effects as a seamless floor or the use of different tiles for a bespoke look.
- There’s the comfort aspect when coming in tired after work or exercise and knowing that the waiting cork floor will provide a comfortable cushion underfoot. A natural thermal and acoustic insulator, cork flooring makes rooms naturally quiet; you can listen to your TV and music without disturbance to others.
- Your safety is enhanced with cork flooring as it is fire-resistant. Cork only melts or ignites at very high temperatures. And in the worst-case scenario, the cork will generate less smoke. It also releases less toxic material compared to vinyl flooring.
- The manufacturing process for cork flooring is virtually waste-free as it is a by-product of the manufacturing of cork stoppers for wine bottles. Something you may wish to dwell on with a visit to a city winery to contemplate a job well done.
- As cork is naturally resistant to mould, mildew and termites and is also anti-microbial, it is a healthy material to use. Cork flooring does not negatively affect indoor air quality.
Installing cork flooring in your home is cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing and a boost to both the environment and your own safety. You will return to work fresh and relaxed and ready to tell your colleagues all about it.