Here at Rocha Construction we like to encourage and help our customers to explore "green" alternatives to conventional building materials. Cork is a great choice if you're planning on a new floor!
Most hardwood flooring material is made from the trunk of the tree, killing the tree. When cork is harvested, only the outer layer of bark is removed from the tree. This does not kill the tree which replaces this outer layer within six years when it can be harvested again.
Cork is extremely durable. It was used as a flooring material centuries ago in European homes and many of these homes still have their original cork floors.
Cork is resilient. Standing on a conventional tile floor can cause soreness and strain in the calf muscles. A cork floor does not result in this kind of leg pain. This makes it especially good for a kitchen floor where almost all the “living” is done on your feet.
Cork is a non-slip surface. It also does not easily absorb water or other liquids. This makes it a good material for both kitchen and bathroom. When cork is used in the kitchen or bathroom, it should be sealed.
Cork is naturally hypoallergenic. It doesn’t shed fibers into the air or release toxins or fumes. Mold and mildew does not easily grow in it. Dust and pollen is not attracted to it.
Cork is a natural insulation, not conducting heat or cold. It tends to be warm to the touch, unlike concrete floors. This makes it an excellent material for family rooms where children will be playing on the floor.
Cork comes in a variety of colors and designs.
It can be installed to look like a conventional hardwood floor or you can let your imagination take off and create any kind of design that you want!
If you're interested in "green remodeling", give Rocha Construction a call. We can help you get a new look for your home with a "green product" that will benefit you and your family AND the environment!