Cork flooring is the natural choice for homeowners looking for a strong but comfortable floor that is also an environmentally sustainable choice.
Cork flooring is available in squares or rolled sheets, and can be glued down or installed as a "floating" floor on top of your existing surface.
Cork has been used for flooring in Europe for more than a century, but is a recent addition to the list of flooring choices for North American homeowners.
Cork has a natural "give" to it, making it comfortable to walk on and highly resistant to dents or scratches. Otherwise, cork is similar to hardwood flooring, and generally comes with a tough urethane finish that repels moisture.
Cork is also well known for its insulating qualities and ability to absorb sound and vibration. Cork floors are also hypoallergenic and anti-static, and won't crumble or flake.
The cork used in cork flooring is a natural product taken from the cork oak tree in Portugal and Spain, which sheds its bark every 9 to 15 years. Unlike other trees, the cork oak regenerates its own bark and can live for up to 500 years.
Cork has been used in European homes for over 100 years, and is also used as an underlayment to give hardwood floors more spring. Because of its cushioning effect and sound absorption qualities, cork flooring is also becoming an increasingly popular choice in hospitals, schools and other public buildings.