Cork has grown increasingly popular as a green material that works well for flooring, wall paneling, and anywhere inside your home where acoustics and soft material is crucial. While cork has been known to work well for aesthetics, it also makes a great countertop surface when used in certain applications.
Cork is a quickly regenerating plant in nature and therefore is a wonderful green option for many kitchen countertops. There are pros and cons of using cork so here are a few tips for deciding if it’s the right option for your home.
- The pros of cork countertops: While many people don’t think of it, cork is very durable, has a beautiful finish and is much more affordable than its wood and bamboo competitors. Cork laminate countertops are an option that many homeowners are trying out and they are enjoying its ability to resist moisture, especially around the sink area. Not only does cork repel water but also has an excellent ability to resist microbes and works well to resist heat. These factors alone make it a beautiful material to bring into your kitchen.
- The cons of cork countertops: While cork works beautifully indoors, it doesn’t do well outside with humidity, climatic and temperature changes. Cork countertops are not recommended for outdoor use and shouldn’t be used in direct sunlight where cork can get brittle and dry out. Think of cork as similar to wood; using cork in a patio or porch area is not recommended. If you have a conditioned porch space, consider sealing it with a UV resistant polyurethane coating for moisture and water protection.
Cork countertops are a great green alternative to more expensive wood and bamboo countertops and can save your pocket money. Use these pros and cons to determine if your household can benefit from the use of cork countertops.
Green countertop alternatives are popping up everyday; its nice to see that cork is another one to add to your “must try” list!
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