Cork Floors: Advantages and Disadvantages
Cork flooring is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners. Let's look at some of the pros and
cons, so you can decide if it's a good choice for your home:
- Cork flooring is soft under foot.
- It provides good sound insulation.
- Cork is resilient.
- Like hardwood flooring, it won't trap pet dander and allergens (as carpets
and rugs do), so it's a good choice for allergy-sufferers.
- Cork works well in upstairs rooms, children's rooms (it doesn't hurt if they
fall, whereas tile or hardwood is unforgiving), and bathrooms (as long as it's
- Cork doesn't have the variety of colors and floor patterns to choose from that other
resilient floors (i.e. linoleum, vinyl, etc.) offer.
- Cork isn't as durable as other resilient flooring choices.
- It requires sealing (and maintenance) in order to keep it waterproof and to
protect it from dirt.
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