Why cork flooring for your Home Entertainment room
Creating that dream Home Entertainment room you’ve always wanted but worried the surround system may generate too much noise and bother your neighbors, especially those weekend nights. Well you can do something about that. Soundproofing Insulation. And yes there are all kinds and types available on the market. Some that work wonders and some that just barely pass requirement. Of course the better the product the more it’s going to cost you. However, did you know there is a material that is a natural inhibitor that won’t break the bank.
For those of you who are eco-conscious and wish to use soundproofing that works with nature then cork is the choice for you. Cork itself is derived from only the bark of the cork oak tree. These trees, found in large forests in the Mediterranean region, live their natural life span and are carefully harvested for their bark every decade or so. With an average life span of 150 years they will outlive you and I. So cork is a sustainable and recyclable product.
What makes cork a great product for a Home Entertainment room? Several aspects actually.
First is that cork is by its very cellular structure perfect as a sound inhibitor or insulator. By this we mean that cork is made up of millions and millions of minute airtight cells arranged similar to a honeycomb. As a result, cork is more than 50% air, making cork light weight and buoyant. A sheet, plank or tile of cork therefore creates a barrier. As flooring or underlayment beneath your flooring choice, you’ve got a natural soundproofing material able to mute sound by up to 10 decibels per every 6mm. Now imagine you add panels or sheets to your walls and ceilings. You’ve just created soundproofing, go with thicker applications and you’ve created a room worthy of any sound recording studio.
Cork is also a thermal insulator, so heating or cooling your Home entertainment room will in the long run cost less. A cork floor or walling can retain ambient temperatures for longer periods, which means your heating/cooling systems puts out less work. Savings. Add to that cork is also naturally warm to the touch, so you’ve got a floor that does freeze during the winter months and get too warm during the summer months.
Is your Home Entertainment room in the basement? Or you want to create one down there. No problems. Cork is a plus in this area as well. Cork is water resistant and able to resist the growth of mold or mildew. This is due to a natural waxy substance, Suberin, generated within cork. When installed at correct grade, you will transform a damp, chilly basement into a comfortable living space. Not only that, cork is hypoallergenic, so it does not actively contribute to dirty or musty air like carpeting. Cork does not off-gas or carry any toxins either. That same waxy substance makes cork a fire retardant, so open flames don’t catch and burn as easily.
Impressed? Yeah we are too. But does cork meet your aesthetic tastes? You betcha!
You’ll find that cork is as versatile in looks as any of its competitors. Want the swank look of golden leather on your floor or walls, we can meet it with our Leather, Logan and Salami patterns. These designs are specifically designed to enhance the beauty of a rustic décor. On a sunny coast? Take a look at our Bleached Birch, White Bamboo and Ash Wood patterns for that gorgeous nautical theme. But hey, if that can’t cut it go with our Jett Black or Ceramic Marble patterns for a modern high-end flare.
Cork flooring and walling does more than you expected right. Put it in your Home Entertainment room to create the perfect space for surround sound movies and more.