Cork Flooring For Your Long Island Kitchen Remodeling Project
When you remodel your home, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make, and one of them are the flooring options you’ll want for your new space. Kitchen remodeling offers many options for flooring, especially in hard floor options meant for areas that are more exposed to high traffic and moisture, spills, or water damage.
You need a kitchen floor that will stand up to the heavy use in your kitchen area. The kitchen is one of the highest traffic areas of the home. So the floor needs to be durable and last as long as possible.
Hardwoods stand up well in the kitchen area when they are treated and sealed correctly against moisture. But you have other awesome materials to choose from.
Why not do something different with your Long Island kitchen remodeling project and opt for cork flooring? You’ll come out ahead of the rest of the homeowners who choose other options.
Cork flooring has been used commercially since 1898, but this flooring type isn’t highly advertised for residential use. Yet it makes a wonderful floor for your modern home, whether the architecture is contemporary or classic in style.
Cork floors are not only beautiful and durable, they’re also very comfortable. There’s nothing like that spongy feeling that absorbs noise and impacts to make your standing up time more comfortable. This is why they’re quickly becoming a great option for residential homes.
Cork goes well with other flooring options, including tile, natural stone, carpeting, and stained concrete, granite, or marble. In fact, you can back up another hardwood or other type of floor right next to it and it will look great!
This material is very durable and is environmentally friendly. It’s an easily replaceable organic material made from bark of the cork oak tree found in the Mediterranean. Over 30% of the world’s cork trees and 70% of the world’s cork production come from Portugal. The bark is harvested by hand every nine years, with the average tree producing about 4,000 corks.
Walking on this awesome floor covering material is like walking on air! The bark is formed in a honeycomb shape, trapping air inside. In fact, it contains about 90% air that when compressed goes down to about 40% air, but quickly recovers to the original shape when uncompressed.
These features go a long way in making the material durable and beautiful for all areas of the home, not just the kitchen area.
And cleaning up is easy. All you’ll need to do to clean your cork flooring is vacuum or sweep at least once a week. Debris can and will scratch and scar the cork, but keeping it vacuumed will keep debris from getting underfoot and causing eventual scratching. Damp mop once a month with very little water and mild detergent and you’re done.
Your cork floor will be sealed with a protective coating which will need reapplying every few years, much like many other floors. All around, it makes one of the best options out there for your kitchen remodeling project. When you think floor options, contact the Long Island remodeling contractors at AJS Remodeling and think cork!