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.