Cork flooring is beautiful, resilient and eco-friendly. Even after 40+ years in this business, the process of harvesting cork for flooring still intrigues me.
A truly renewable resource, cork, is harvested from the bark of living Cork Oak trees that flourish in Western Spain and Portugal. The cork is harvested in a steady cycle that promotes healthy growth and that does not cause harm to the tree. The bark is not removed until the 25th year. Another 9 to 12 years is required before the bark can be extracted again. Cork Oaks live around 150 to 250 years and can be harvested about twelve times in its lifetime. Cork harvesting is done entirely without machinery during the spring or summer. The tree is growing and the bark comes easily away from the trunk. Harvesters are skilled to extract the bark with an axe without harming the tree.
Cork is comprised of air-filled cells that make it a great insulator. It absorbs sound and impact, as well as stays warm. It contains a naturally occurring waxy substance called Suberin making it resistent to bugs, mites, mold, termites and rotting.
If you have never considered Cork Flooring, we would be glad to meet with you to discover if it would be right for your family. Cork looks great in the kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, bathroom and even in offices, stores or churches. Options are abundant with many colors and patters from which to choose. If you have questions or would like to set up a consultation, feel free to call us at 713-880-2882.