Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

What’s old is new again. Cork was a nat­u­ral choice start­ing in the 1900s, pri­mar­ily where si­lence was sa­cred: churches and li­braries.

Made up of mil­lions of air-filled cells, cork is also a hit with mu­si­cians, as well as home­own­ers seek­ing a refuge from noise pol­lu­tion. Cork’s shock-ab­sorb­ing qual­i­ties can also ease back pain, mak­ing it a prac­ti­cal choice for kitchens where home­own­ers tra­di­tion­ally spend the most time stand­ing for meal prep. Its pop­u­lar­ity has shot up dra­mat­i­cally in the past five years.

Cork is anti-static, mak­ing it easy to sweep clean, anti-fun­gal, mak­ing it less likely to trig­ger al­ler­gies, and warm, mak­ing you less likely to curse the chilly bath­room floor af­ter your win­ter morn­ing shower.

With its in­her­ent in­su­lat­ing qual­i­ties, cork is ideal for nor­mally cold, damp, and just plain un­invit­ing base­ments.

And ban­ish the thought that you’ll be limited to the colour and pat­tern of wine bot­tle stop­pers. There are dozens of colours avail­able, as well as cus­tom colour match­ing.

Har­vested pri­mar­ily in Spain and Por­tu­gal from the bark of liv­ing trees (which doesn’t harm the plant), cork is con­sid­ered one of the truest re­new­able floor­ing op­tions.

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