Home Carpet One of Chicago works with the leading manufacturers of both bamboo and cork flooring and we have both eco-friendly products in-stock for immediate delivery. We have several sample floors of cork and bamboo installed on our Chicago showroom floor. Come see for yourself why so many people are choosing cork and bamboo flooring instead of more traditional flooring choices such as carpet, laminate, and hardwood. Our Chicago cork and bamboo flooring showroom includes several styles and colors, from trusted flooring manufacturers such as Teragren, Expanko Cork, Montado, and Natural Cork. Besides selling quality bamboo and cork flooring to Chicago residents, we also carry products for the care and maintenance of your floor. Our professional and friendly staff will offer assistance in finding the perfect floor to meet your needs and help educate you on the proper maintenance and care of bamboo and cork flooring.
Cork and bamboo flooring have surged in popularity in recent years mainly because of their renewable nature. Builders and architects are specifying these renewable resources frequently. Bamboo is a grass that can be repeatedly harvested from the same plant, unlike hardwood trees that require more than 60 years to mature. The bamboo stalk is split into slats and then laminated with an environmentally safe adhesive under hydraulic pressure to produce the planks used for flooring. The slats of bamboo are then boiled in a solution of water, hydrogen peroxide, and borate solution to eliminate pests and mildew, and then kiln-dried to remove moisture.
Cork flooring is manufactured from the bark of the Cork Oak tree. This tree, grown in Spain and Portugal, has a life span ranging from 150-200 years. After the first 25 years of growth, the tree is stripped of its bark. This process is repeated every nine years without any impacting the health of the tree. During each harvest, no more than 50% of the bark is removed, allowing the tree to protect itself using natural defenses. Cork-tree harvests result in practically no waste, which is better for the environment and in the long run, the consumer.
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