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Cork Flooring-Pros, Cons, Types, Installation Method

Cork Flooring:

  • The cork which is used for flooring comes from the bark of a cork oak tree.
  • Retains its natural properties regardless of processing
  • An eco-friendly and green flooring option
  • Renewable resource
  • Beautiful, lightweight, and warm to touch
  • Softer than hardwoods

Pros of Cork Flooring:

  • Environment-friendly option and biodegradable
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Excellent thermal and sound insulator: reduces noise transmission within rooms
  • Offers more flexibility providing unique comfort in movement
  • Anti-allergic and insect resistant
  • Can be refinished several times
  • Naturally resistant to fire

Cons of Cork Flooring

  • Easily gets scratched or damaged
  • Might not last as long as hardwood floors
  • Likely to fade in direct sunlight
  • Not a pet-friendly option
  • Must be sealed to prevent swelling

Types of Cork Flooring

SOLID CORK BOARDS/TILES: Solid wood species

ENGINEERED FLOOR with 3 primary layers being the top layer with veneered cork

Flooring Style

PANELS: Available in various sizes with 1’x3’average

STRIPS: 5″wide x 48″long

TILES: usually square tiles 12″x12″ or 18″x18″


Floor Surface Texture

DISTRESSED-surface has a textured feel, creating a rustic appearance

HAND SCRAPED-made to look old and worn, hand-scraped texture

SMOOTH: Smooth finish

WIRE BRUSHED-Scraping the surface with a wire brush, gently weathered and rustic look




Available in light, medium, and dark colors


Varies from 12mm-20mm depending upon the type of construction, installation usage, etc.

Installation Type

  1. Click/Interlocking
  2. Floating Glue Joint
  3. Glue down
  4. Nail Down

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