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Did you know?
  • Cork is completely natural.
  • Cork is cork oak bark, not a wood.
  • Cork is mold, insect & germ resistant.
  • Cork is fire resistant.
  • Going green? Cork is renewable.
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You've decided you need a new floor; have you considered cork? That's right, cork. Put away the images of wine stoppers, bulletin boards and beverage coasters, and prepare for a fresh look at a floor covering that has actually been around for centuries. Cork flooring is comfortable, quiet, and available in more colors and patterns than you may imagine. Floor buyers with an eye toward the environment are taking a serious look at cork flooring because it is made from a sustainable resource. If you've been in the dark about this floor covering, allow to show you cork flooring in a brand new light.

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What is cork?

Do bottle stoppers, particularly wine and champagne bottle stoppers, cross your mind when you think of cork? If so, there's a good reason. About 60% of all cork produced is used to make bottle stoppers; other uses include bulletin boards, fishing floats and handles on fly fishing rods. Cork flooring first became popular in the early 20th century, and it may surprise you to learn that some of those early floors are still intact and in use today. Now, what exactly is cork?

Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree, an evergreen oak tree native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Cork is a renewable, sustainable resource that can be harvested from a mature tree (one that's at least 25 years old) once every 9-10 years without harming the tree or the environment. A cork oak tree lives an average of 150-200 years, which means the tree's bark can be safely harvested up to 20 times over its lifetime. These and other attributes make cork flooring an eco-friendly choice for your home.

Cork, vinyl and linoleum flooring are known as "Resilient Floors" because they retain their elasticity or "give" upon impact. Resilient flooring is a popular choice for areas where comfort is a priority and extensive walking or standing is anticipated.

When selecting a cork floor for your home, there are many factors to consider. Cork flooring comes in planks, standard tiles and mosaic tiles that can be purchased unfinished or pre-finished. There are several finishing and design options (acrylic, urethane, wax) available. You can leave your cork flooring in its natural light shade or have it stained or painted, depending on the look you want to achieve. You will also have to decide whether you want the flooring composition to be solid (glued) or engineered (floating). The condition of your subfloor could affect this decision.

Don't let the wide range of cork flooring options throw you. Instead, let provide the resources you need to make the best flooring choices for you and your home. You'll discover a wealth of information on cork floors by using the tabs near the top and to the left of the page. If you come across unfamiliar cork flooring terms during your research, visit our Cork Flooring Glossary. Wondering just how beautiful cork flooring can be? At we're striving to maintain the most current and comprehensive flooring site on the web, so you won't have to go anywhere else.

Cork Flooring Resources

Wondering if cork floors are right for you? To determine the suitability of this flooring product refer to the other cork sections of® to learn about the history of this type of wood flooring; how cork floors are made; and whether you should hire an installation professional or do-it-yourself.

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Cork Flooring Information | Help
  • Types – Discover the available types of cork flooring.
  • Care – Tips on how to keep your cork floor looking great.
  • Buying Guide – Prepare for your cork flooring purchase with our useful guide.
  • Flooring Estimator Tools – Use our estimator tools to determine how much cork flooring you need.
  • Installation Guide – Learn the basics of cork floor installation from our flooring professionals.
  • FAQs – Find answers to frequently asked questions about cork flooring.
  • Glossary – Look up common terms you'll come across when researching cork floors.