Here at Floor Coverings International of Carmel, we help Hoosier families find their dream floors. For some, that means a beautiful hardwood or a hardwood alternative. For others, it’s a soft and comfy carpet. Eco-friendly Carmelites choose flooring materials such as laminate or bamboo. But what about homeowners that don’t want to choose between comfort, aesthetics, and the environment? You can have all that and more when you choose cork.
Cork feels great underneath your feet. Although it looks like a hard surface from a distance, walking on it reveals its soft, springy nature. One of the reasons that cork is popular in Carmel kitchens is because it feels great to stand on it for long periods of time.
The majority of the world’s cork comes from the Mediterranean. In countries like France and Greece, the harvest of cork is heavily regulated and quite sustainable. Unlike trees, which are chopped down come harvest time, cork can be delicately scraped from the surface of the tree. Each year, the outer layer is removed from the tree. It is then left to regrow throughout the year. Because you don’t have to start from scratch every time you harvest, cork trees use less resources and results in less soil erosion than traditional hardwood farming practices.
There’s a reason why the most recognizable use of cork is to seal wine bottles. Although cork allows gas to slowly permeate, it is highly water resistant. This makes cork a very good option for bathrooms and other parts of the home were moisture could be an issue.
Cork has a timeless, elegant look and feel that works with any existing décor. It comes in a variety of colors, from light to deep brown, and with different finishes, from matte to glossy.
Interested in learning more about cork floors and what they could add to your home? Call your local flooring experts at [frachise_location_name] today to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We proudly serve the greater Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, Westfield area.
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