Put A Cork In It!

Literally.

After being relegated to wine bottles and kids’ pinboards for decades, cork is making a grand entrance into the rest of the home. Everything from flooring to backsplashes to wallpaper (yes, wallpaper) is getting a little bit of cork. Here are some pros and cons:

Pros

  • Cork is 100% natural, harvested from cork trees over and over without cutting them down. It’s an environmentally sustainable material from a reusable source. 
  • corkIt’s soft, making it the perfect flooring for people with knee problems.
  • It’s naturally water resistant, so it resists mold and mildew.
  • It insulates well, meaning it will keep in cold or hot air, as well as sound.

Cons

  • While it’s water resistant, it’s not waterproof. It may requiring sealing every couple of years.
  • It’s prone to stains and nicks, so think hard before using it in the kitchen

Cork stacks up well to many building materials, so don’t be afraid to put a cork in it!

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