In a previous post I described how cork was harvested from cork oak trees.

Although the majority of this cork finds its way into wine bottles, some is turned into flooring.

Cork has been used for over a hundred years and in many prestigious buildings including the US Library of Congress. Why you may ask. Let’s go into some of the advantages:

** It feels wonderful to stand on. It’s honeycomb pattern of cells (30-40 million per cubic centimeter) makes it highly compressible but also resilient.

** Cork is a great insulator which means not only are the rooms more quiet but they will retain the heat better in the winter and the cool in the summer. Much better than tile, wood, and most carpeting.

** Cork is hypoallergenic.

** Cork has antimicrobial properties. The cells contain suberin which repell vermin and insects.

** It is naturally fire resistant. It will only melt or ignite at very high temperatures.

** It is also more durable than wood floors. It resists cracking and abrasions and is also impermeable to gas and liquid.

** Cork can even be used in kitchens and bathrooms.

** Maintenance is easy. Only regular sweeping or vacuuming to remove grit.

** The flooring can be periodically refinished  (sand, stain, seal) many times depending upon the thickness of the cork layer.

** Cork flooring can last forty plus years when properly maintained.

** Flooring options are planks and tiles of various sizes, colors, and patterns. These come in glue down or self-adhesive options.

** Best of all, cork is the greenest of the flooring choices because it is made from natural and easily replenishable material. In fact, it is made from the waste byproduct  of wine stoppers.


Next post I will go into the disadvantages.