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Cork Flooring and its Amazing Acoustic & Insulating Qualities

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013

Take a look at recording studios, libraries, and even churches, and you’ll likely notice that many of these places incorporate cork into their infrastructure. Why? Because cork has proven, time and time again, to be one of the most effective products for reducing echo and sound transmission.

That’s why it comes as no surprise that cork flooring has amazing acoustic-insulating qualities.

Cork features a closed-cell structure, composed of more than 2.4 million cells per cubic inch of materials. Each of these cells is filled with air, making cork a phenomenal, and natural, material for echo and sound reduction. This type of performance is somewhat matched by synthetic materials such as fiberglass. However, unlike synthetic materials, cork does not break down quickly, meaning it will retain its acoustical properties for nearly a century after installation.

But it’s not just about acoustics. The cellular structure of cork makes it the only flooring material with a natural thermal insulation quality. Cork flooring will prevent heat loss not only in your room, but in your feet as well. By preventing the loss of body heat through your feet, an interesting side effect takes place. Cork flooring will always feel warmer to the touch, meaning that overall you’ll feel warmer. In short, it’s been proven that cork flooring can reduce your heating costs.

Here’s yet another benefit of using cork flooring. Cork is harvested from cork oak tree, but the tree does not have to be cut down in order to be harvested. One tree can be used over and over again to provide cork, making this flooring ideal for environmental sustainability.

Also, aside from being soft to walk on barefoot, cork has an innate anti-static property, which is ideal for office settings or any room that has computers in it.

You might be thinking that all this sounds great, but you’d never want a bulletin-board cork floor in your house. But you don’t have to get that look at all. Cork flooring is in such high demand, that you can find a great number of styles to match your vision.

If you’re looking for durable flooring that has amazing acoustic and insulation qualities, then there’s really no reason to look further than cork.

Check out our selection of cork flooring