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Cork floors are one of the many alternatives to the traditional hardwood flooring found in many homes across America. If you are considering installing cork floors then you need to think about both the pros and the cons to this home improvement project. Cork floors can provide your home with a warm and natural feel but are they right for you?

Cork Flooring Benefits

One of the biggest benefits to cork floors is that they offer much more protection than hardwood, tiles or linoleum but without the cons of carpeting. Cork floors are cushioning for your feet but easy to clean like hardwood floors. Furthermore, cork flooring is also a natural insulator so your toes will keep warm, even during those cold winter evenings. Cork floors do not only protect your feet, but they also offer great noise reduction which means you don't have to listen to your neighbors and they won't have to listen to your every movement if living in an apartment.

Many people that choose to 'go green' will further benefit from the natural feel and warmness that cork can bring to your home. Cork is considered a renewable resource and is very resistant to fire, mould, mildew and even insects which is quite surprising. Now if you could just keep bugs off rose bushes just as easily.

Cork, however, does have its kryptonite. While it may resist some attacks from insects and fire, it will crumble under certain pressures. This includes scratches and marks from high heels, from dogs and cats and from dropped knives.

Cork floors also have a short life span before they need to have another layer of polyurethane added to it. The normal wear and tear is only 5 to 10 years. You may choose to put more layers of polyurethane down from the beginning but this will not ensure your cork flooring remains in excellent condition and is also quite costly. This is one of the biggest cons to cork flooring.

Cork is a popular option for kitchens; however, think about what your kitchen goes through before making the switch. Is your dog constantly begging food scraps? Do you like to cook in your stilettos? Do your children often bring their arts and crafts into the kitchen when you are making dinner? Then perhaps cork is not the best option for you.

Cork Floor Installation

Another thing to consider when installing cork floors is whether you are actually allowed. If you are renting a house or apartment, then you need to get permission from your landlord ahead of time. If you are renting from a property management company, then you need to find out the rules put forth by the Homeowners Association. In most instances, if you are in a complex, you will not be able to do this type of renovation without permission. If you are renting a house, your landlord may be happy to let you install cork floors as long as you hire an expert to do the job right. He may even offer to pay for some if not all of the expenses.

When it comes to installing cork floors, you have two main options. You can choose to do it yourself (usually using the click-cork flooring where you simply click the pieces into place) or you can choose to hire a professional to install the flooring for you. Doing it yourself is obviously the cheaper option but also the more time consuming one and should only be done by people that are good with DIY. If you are not a handyman, then let a professional do it. That way you know the floor is installed correctly from Day One.

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