Used to make everything from bottle stoppers to aerospace components, cork is also a natural choice for flooring. Sustainably harvested by hand in European cork oak forests that support local plants and animals, this renewable material boasts superior insulation qualities and quiets footsteps and other noise.
The Natural Choice
Naturally beautiful cork is light, warm to the touch, and just as easy to maintain as hardwood floors. It resists fires, insects, and moisture. Its hypoallergenic qualities make it a great choice for those with allergies or chemical sensitivities.
If you are looking to expand your color palette, we offer dozens of cork flooring options. That makes it possible to complement just about any design theme you’re working with. Choose from muted browns and grays that will go with practically any decor or opt for bolder hues like orange or black. Whichever you choose, the naturally intricate patterns on your cork flooring will add even more visual interest to your home.
Most traditional cork flooring is made with three layers: a 1/8" cork veneer layer on the top, a high-density fiberboard in the middle section, and a thin cork on the bottom. Each layer is glued together without harmful adhesives like formaldehyde or isocyanates. The surface is finished with a UV cured acrylic urethane that emits no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other harmful air pollutants.
The total thickness is about 7/16” and the planks come 12” wide x 36” long. These floating floors all come with a click mechanism that makes for easy DIY installations without nails or glue. Most will install above, at, or below grade. We also offer cork glue-down tiles that contain no fiberboard and are cork all the way through.
This flooring offers a great non-toxic alternative to vinyl and other floors. For high-moisture areas, consider waterproof cork flooring.
If you have questions about which product is right for you, installation, or other matters, call us toll-free at 800-405-0222 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. You can also email us. Our professionally trained eco-advisors can answer your technical questions, assist you in solving tough issues, and help you pick the right products for your project.
This page was written by Joel Hirshberg