Cork is harvested from the bark of the Cork Oak tree. The thick bark is made up of hundreds of thousands of tiny prism that create a resilient cushioned surface. Today, cork flooring is known as a post-industrial by-product of the bottle-stopper industry, in other words, it is made from the recycled materials of wine bottle corks. This leftover material is ground up and then formed into sheets using small amounts of adhesive to bind the particles together under high pressure.
Properly caring for cork flooring begins with remembering two key properties of cork, its ability to fade with exposure to light and the fact that it will react to heat and humidity. Just like any wood floor, be sure to maintain a relatively dry climate in your home, and prevent long-term exposure to moisture.
Bamboo is naturally an environmentally friendly flooring option. Renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, cork and bamboo are popular in modern sustainable construction. It is not only a healthy alternative for the environment, but also for your home because it helps to reduce airborne allergens. Natural bamboo ranges in hardness, and sometimes can be harder than certain wood species and does not absorb moisture as easily, and the finish lasts longer. Natural Bamboo flooring features a unique appearance that complements several different types of decor. Exotic and elegant, the beauty of bamboo will bring natural beauty and style to your home.
If you are looking into building a home gym, then consider rubber flooring. It can be made from either natural tree rubber or synthetic materials that are recycled from tires. These floors are extremely durable and require minimal maintenance. You can choose from puzzle-like tiles, sheets, and square edge tiles when it comes to installation. Rubber flooring is slip resistant and resilient and can absorb the weight placed on it and bounce back to its original shape.