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climate–friendly floors – cork flooring

Cork Flooring

Flooring Type - Cork

Cork floors resist household allergens such as mites and dust (hypoallergenic), provide noise insulation and are suitable for most environments. Cork flooring is also antimicrobial, meaning that it deters the growth of mold, fungi and bacteria. The unique properties of cork make this type of flooring an asset to a variety of households in most climates.


  • Cork flooring is suitable for almost all climates
  • Can be installed below grade, on grade, or above grade (grade = ground level)
    Note: Not always recommended for below grade installation as changes in humidity could cause cork to expand or contract
  • Antimicrobial (resistant to mold growth)
  • Contains Suberin, a natural insect repellent
  • Resilient surface absorbs impact
  • Antistatic
  • Can be floated above the subfloor to increase protection from moisture damage
  • Moisture resistant when properly installed, sealed and finished
  • Homogeneous or solid cork flooring can be refinished.
    Note: Refinishing is not recommended for most veneer cork floors


  • Cork flooring can contract or expand with changes in humidity

Cork Flooring Climate Tips

  • Acclimate* your cork floors before installation according to the manufacturer's recommendations
  • Protect the subfloor with a moisture barrier or underlayment, such as cork or foam rubber
  • Finish and seal the cork floor with hard urethane or a similar type of finish

*Acclimation refers to the process of allowing floor materials to adjust to the environment (climate) before installing