Aging in Place and Why Carpet Matters 4/6/2016 0 Comments As the Baby Boomer generation grows older and the economy remains challenging, more and more folks are either taking in their elderly parents in order to care for them; or renovating their parents’ homes to allow for aging in place. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute® (CRI) carpeting, rather than hardwoods or other non-carpeted flooring, is the best choice for households with aging individuals. The reasons are numerous but certa

In our continuing series on popular flooring for the environmentally conscious consumer, we have covered a vast array of options ranging from concrete to bamboo. Now, we turn our attention to Cork.

Cork flooring isn’t anything like the typical cork products you’ve come to know over the years. It is significantly stronger than your average product and does not absorb water or other liquids. Another inherent advantage to cork flooring is its durability, fire, insect, and mold resistance. Combine all of this with its eco-friendly advantages and natural disposition to reduce impact noise and absorb sound; and you have one terrific floor which should serve your family well over the course of several years!

Cork floors are relatively easy to install; most manufacturers offer the flooring as engineered planks that snap together eliminating the need for messy glues or unsightly nails. Additionally, the maintenance required for cork is relatively simple and doesn’t require much work on the homeowner’s part. Cork floors should be sealed on an annual basis; otherwise, regular vacuuming and a damp mop is all that is required.

Another advantage to cork flooring lies in its natural beauty. It is available in many different colors and patterns guaranteed to enhance any décor. Looks aren’t everything, though – cork provides thermal insulation resulting in energy preservation and lowered heating costs. It can raise the resale value on your home, as well. Many studies have shown that natural and/or wood floors tend to elevate the price of homes versus other flooring choices.

That said, there are a few disadvantages associated with cork. It can absorb water if it comes unglued damaging the planks; therefore, it is not recommended in “wet” rooms such as basements or bathrooms. Cork can also experience some discoloration over a modicum of time and, as discussed, does require a sealant annually.

Otherwise, cork is suitable for most rooms and lifestyles. It is gaining rapidly on hardwoods and laminates as THE popular choice for flooring; all while sustaining the environment and assisting in the regeneration of our rainforests.

At the end of the day, cork just makes sense.