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When it comes to selecting the perfect flooring for your bathroom, durability, moisture resistance, and style are essential considerations. Cork flooring, known for its eco-friendliness and comfort, has gained attention as a viable option for bathrooms. Let's weigh up the pros and cons of using cork flooring in your bathroom so you can make an informed choice for your home.
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The Pros and Cons of Cork Flooring in Bathrooms: Making an Informed Choice

The Pros of Cork Flooring in Bathrooms 

  1. Comfort Underfoot:
    Cork flooring provides a cushioned, comfortable surface, making it a delight to walk on, especially in bare feet. Its softness can be a pleasant feature in a room where comfort is key.
  2. Eco-Friendly Nature:
    Sourced from sustainable cork oak trees, cork flooring is an option known for its eco-friendliness. Its harvesting process doesn’t harm the trees, allowing them to regenerate their bark, making it an environmentally conscious choice.
  3. Water Resistance:
    Cork is inherently water resistant but only certain ranges are suitable for bathroom environments. This is because some cork flooring include a HDF core which is not moisture tolerant and may swell if exposed to too much moisture.

 

So if you’re looking for cork flooring to install in a bathroom we recommend selecting from our Inspire cork range or our Earthtone cork tiles. Both are suited to bathroom environments as they are entirely made from cork and do not feature any HDF.  

 

  1. Thermal and Acoustic Insulation:
    Cork’s natural insulating properties add warmth to the bathroom floor, making it comfortable in colder months. Additionally, it acts as a sound insulator, reducing noise transmission within the space.
  2. Anti-Microbial Properties:
    Cork contains a natural substance called suberin that resists mould and mildew growth, enhancing its suitability for a humid environment like a bathroom.

The Cons of Cork Flooring in Bathrooms 

  1. Susceptibility to Moisture Damage:
    Like most flooring options, prolonged exposure to standing water may cause surface discolouration. We recommend to always mop up surface water as soon as possible to keep your flooring in perfect condition.
  2. Vulnerability to Scratches and Dents:
    While resilient, sharp objects or heavy furniture may scratch or dent your cork flooring. Take care to use felt pads on furniture and avoid dragging heavy items across your floor.
  3. Limited Design Options:
    Compared to some other flooring options, cork might have a more limited range of designs and colours, which could restrict certain aesthetic preferences.
  4. Cost Considerations:
    Though not excessively expensive, cork flooring may have a higher initial cost compared to some other budget bathroom flooring options.

Conclusion: 

Cork flooring offers numerous benefits for bathroom use, such as comfort, eco-friendliness, and decent water resistance. By understanding both the pros and cons, you can make an informed decision based on your preferences and bathroom requirements. At Flooring by Nature, we’re here to assist you in finding the ideal flooring that perfectly suits your bathroom and lifestyle needs. 

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