Cork as a bathroom floor
With the nights closing in and the weather getting colder, many people will be finding using the bathroom a bit of an ordeal. Cold and frosty mornings outside may be no fun, but few things could make getting up on a miserable day worse than stepping into the bathroom and shivering as the chilly floor freezes toes.
Of course, having a nice warm bathroom with piping hot water will help, but the natural warmth of <a href="http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/Cork Flooring.htm">cork flooring </a> could be just the thing on such occasions. Those thinking of changing their bathroom floors might just regard it as a good time to switch.
Being warm underfoot is just one of the qualities of cork that could make it great for any bathroom. Another is its malleability, which is enjoyable for weary feet and also for ones with skin softened from a long soak in the bath.
But <a href="http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/Cork Flooring.htm">cork flooring </a> is also attractive and practical. Contrary to what some may believe, it is not just available in various shades of brown, but can come in a number of tints. Also, there are various patterns and grains of cork available to be enjoyed.
And the benefits are wide ranging. It is water resistant (though not waterproof), a key component of a bathroom floor. It is almost impervious to mould and mildew, does not burn easily and insulates against sound and temperature loss. Cork's inherent springiness prevents denting, an important consideration should heavy objects be dropped on it.
Of course, all these elements may be considered as good reasons to have cork flooring in many rooms in the home. For example, resistance to denting could be ideal in a kitchen when pans or cups are dropped, not least as it may prevent porcelain items from shattering.
And the environmental benefits should not be forgotten. Of course, if the coming winter turns out to be as cold as the last one, thoughts of global warming may seem a bit remote. But the fact remains cork is a green material, made from the bark of the cork oak without felling it. With this then growing back so it can be re-harvested every few years, the material is not just organic, but sustainable.
So if a new bathroom floor is under consideration, cork may be just the ticket.