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Is Cork making a comeback?

If the suggestion of cork flooring conjures up memories of orange tiles from the 70's then think again!

In our Thorne Group showhome, cork flooring has emerged as a standout feature, captivating visitors and sparking conversations about its unique attributes.


One of the most compelling aspects of cork flooring is its eco-friendly nature. Harvested from the bark of cork oak trees, cork is a renewable resource that can be harvested without harming the tree, making it a sustainable alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. By incorporating cork flooring into our showhome, we aim to raise awareness about the importance of choosing environmentally responsible materials in home construction and design.


Beyond its sustainability credentials, cork flooring offers a host of practical benefits that appeal to homeowners seeking comfort, durability, and style. Its natural elasticity provides a soft, cushioned surface that is gentle on joints and muscles, making it an ideal choice for areas where comfort is key. Additionally, cork's insulating properties help regulate indoor temperatures and reduce noise transmission, creating a quieter, more comfortable living environment.


From a design perspective, cork flooring offers endless possibilities.

Available in a range of colors, textures, and patterns, it can be tailored to suit any aesthetic, from modern minimalist to rustic chic. Its unique grain patterns and natural variations add character and warmth to any space, making it a versatile choice for homeowners looking to make a statement with their flooring.

We chose a 300 x 600 tile format for our show home project to suit the coastal setting.  Being individual tiles has the added benefit of being able to easily replace sections should the floor be damaged.


Showcasing such products serves as a reminder of the importance of exploring sustainable and innovative materials in home construction and design and that sometimes we can look back to see how to move forward. 


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