Trust Millennium Floor Covering for Durable Cork Floors in Ottawa
Cork is a natural flooring that people have enjoyed for centuries! As a flooring material, it has numerous benefits that put it on par with other flooring alternatives like hardwood or vinyl. With all the impressive features that cork offers, you can design your floors in many interesting ways. In addition to its natural cushioning and underfoot warmth, cork flooring absorbs noise too. Experience the comforting quiet of cork floors in Ottawa from Millennium Floor Covering, which is available in a multitude of colours and patterns. Cork is also a great choice because it is environmentally friendly, so you can rest assured that you are investing in a floor that is sustainable. We offer high-quality and durable cork flooring products supplied by Goodfellow and DuroDesign.
From Trees to Floors
Cork is derived from the bark of a cork tree, which is grown on commercial plantations. It is then ground up and compressed to create sheets. These sheets are used as floor coverings. The best part about it is the trees can regenerate after the barks are harvested. Thus, it is a sustainable and recurring material which is biodegradable as well. It does not have an impact on the environment like some other flooring materials do.
Why Choose Cork?
In addition to being eco-friendly, cork has many advantages. Here are some factors that explain the popularity of cork as a flooring material:
Available in a range of colours and designs, cork floors can blend in easily and give you plenty of room to experiment with interior decorations. These days cork floors that resemble wood and tiles are also available.
When you step on cork floors, they feel warm under your feet and give in just a little bit. Cork floors provide comfort and cushioning.
Cork is an acoustic insulator, and cork floors are good at absorbing noise and making your rooms quieter.
Cork is resistant to microbes, moulds and termites and thus, contributes to healthy living.
In case of a fire, cork is not as hazardous as some other flooring materials. It won’t catch fire that easily, and it won’t emit too much smoke.
Floors made from cork are not very high maintenance. This means you can easily clean and maintain them with regular sweeping and mopping.
The material cost of cork for floors usually ranges from $2.00 - $6.00 per sq. ft. Combined with the benefits listed above, it turns out to be cheaper and more economical in the long run than other flooring options.
Pay us a visit at Millennium Floor Covering, and browse through our collection of cork floors in Ottawa. We can assure you that you will be investing in a floor that is sustainable and durable. With regular maintenance, your beautiful cork floors can easily last for decades.
Options in Cork Flooring
There are endless ways of customizing your cork floors. Play around with colours, textures, and more!
Planks and tiles
Cork planks are used for floating cork flooring. These planks can be placed directly on top of the old flooring. Cork tiles are available in standard sizes and are installed in the same way as other tiles on a specially prepared subfloor. While floating cork floors are easy to put together, installing cork tile requires expertise.
Textures and colours
Cork floors come in a variety of textures and shades. Small granules, medium granules, large granules, peeled cork, and burled cork are some of the commonly manufactured textures. When it comes to colours, the natural pale tan shade is one that a lot of people prefer. But cork floors are available in painted variations having all shades of brown, gray, and white.
Visit our showroom to see and feel durable and sustainable cork flooring options from Goodfellow and DuroDesign.
Cork Flooring Vs. Hardwood Flooring
If you dream of perfect floors that not only look beautiful but are also practical, eco-friendly, and long-lasting, then cork is the right choice for you. Cork is steadily gaining popularity over traditional hardwood floors for the following reasons:
Cork as a material is less prone to scratches, impacts, and other damage as compared to hardwood. It is water resistant and can last longer than hardwood floors if properly maintained.
A cork floor is a good thermal and sound insulator. As a softwood, cork can absorb and deflect impact shock and thus is more comfortable to walk on as it feels warmer. Hardwood, on the other hand, can feel hard and gets colder during winter.
Cork comes from the oak tree's bark, which means that it can grow back over time. Hardwood flooring, on the other hand, requires cutting down trees and using the materials for wood. Cork is, thus, a more eco-friendly, sustainable, and renewable option.
Cork floors are great thermal and sound insulators and can withstand and function well under most climatic conditions. They can be installed over concrete, tiles, and wood subfloors and generally cost less than hardwood, making them an economical and cost-effective option.
Variety of colours, patterns, and designs
Cork is available as tiles or planks that are easier to customize into various styles, sizes, patterns, and colours. Some can even be digitally rendered to mimic stone patterns. But hardwood floors only come in traditional colours and patterns.
Cork floors are hypoallergenic and prevent the growth of mould or mildew. They can also be conveniently installed over radiant heat. Hardwood planks cannot stand variations in moisture degrees and can contract.
Have a look at our blog for more useful information on cork floors and other flooring-related topics. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you.
Maintaining Cork Floors
Here are some tips to follow to maintain your cork floors and make them last as long as possible:
Sweep, mop, and vacuum your cork floor regularly to remove dust and sand particles.
Wipe spills as soon as they occur. Avoid excessive water, as that can damage the floor over time.
Use only special cork floor cleaners to remove stubborn stains.
When moving heavy objects, always use a protective cover over your cork floor and remember to lift and transfer your furniture as much as possible.
Do not use ‘all-purpose’ bleach or any cleaners with ammonia, as it will damage the cork.
Apply a water-based polyurethane within the first seven years after the installation and then 1-2 refresher coats every 5-7 years, depending on your usage and other conditions.
At Millennium Floor Covering, we don’t just offer top-notch services but also provide our clients with useful tips to ensure their flooring stands the test of time gracefully. Reach out to us to get quality-assured cork floors in Ottawa.