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Flooring - Cork

Last Updated May 31, 2010 · Written by Craig Gibson

Think that carpet, timber or tiles are your only options when it comes to flooring? Think again! Cork flooring is a great, natural alternative that is especially popular in kitchens.

Cork flooring is environmentally friendly and a renewable resource. In fact, the cork tree will die if the bark (cork) is not harvested regularly! A large range of cork tiles is available in Australia, from the natural look, to tight patterned, to country-style. Cork is also available in a range of colours.

Benefits of Cork Flooring

Cork also has many benefits. It is suitable for both wet and dry areas of the home and is unaffected by humidity, meaning that it does not suffer the expansion and contraction problems of many other types of flooring. Cork does not absorb dust so it is great for homes with allergy sufferers.

It is also great for insulation as it bounces back heat in winter but does not absorb heat in summer. Cork is also a great sound absorber as it is very cushioning. Its cushioning effect also means that things are less likely to break if you drop them – very useful in the kitchen!

The Cost of Cork

Cork needs to be laid on an even floor so Masonite sheeting may be required to make the floor perfectly level. Without Masonite, the cost is from approximately $60 per square metre for the supply and installation of the cork flooring, but if Masonite is required, the cost will be greater. A quote will be provided beforehand to outline all of the costs involved.
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