While it's relatively new to us, cork flooring has been used in Europe for centuries because of its resilience, durability and surprisingly versatile, attractive designs. Today, cork is taking North America by storm due to all of those attributes, plus its unsurpassed eco-friendliness and sustainability.
Cork is hand-harvested, and no trees are harmed in this ancient practice. Century-old cork trees, harvested every nine years, still thrive in the forests of Portugal and Spain.
Eco-engineering of modern cork floors allows them to be installed over existing flooring including tiles. And, once installed, cork doesn't merely beautify the home, it mutes and muffles sound with its natural acoustic properties, provides exceptional cushioning and warmth with its natural insulation properties, and is hypo-allergenic to safeguard your family's health.
One room that is frequently upgraded to stunning and resilient cork flooring is the kitchen. Cork is in fact comfortable and durable. Cork withstands the stress of a kitchen area. Because it's 50% air, cork has more give than harder floors like ceramic tile, making it far more comfortable to spend time in the kitchen. A big win for chefs and diners alike.
Not that you will ever see proof in your kitchen, but cork is naturally flame retardant and flame resistant.
One of the world's leaders in cork flooring is located in Canada. Torlys offers the widest selection of these beautiful, earth-friendly floors in its 100% recycled cork collection, and every floor is easily installed without chemicals, glues or nails.
Just as cork trees regenerate themselves, cork flooring reinvigorates any home. It's the smart – and smart-looking – answer for people who value the global environment, and the one at home.