ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Buy Cork Flooring

Updated on February 10, 2018

Click here to browse the full range of cork flooring tiles on Amazon.

Cork is perhaps the most environmentally friendly flooring type available for purchase. Cork like bamboo, rattan, jute, hemp and water hyacinth is a renewable resource because it grows quickly and can be harvested many times. Unlike bamboo and other renewable resources, the cork oak is not chopped down to harvest the cork. The cork that is commonly used as wine bottle stoppers is made from the bark of the cork oak tree (quercus suber). The bark or cork cambium layer can be harvested every nine years without damaging the tree. Thus many thousands of square kilometers of cork oak forests cover Europe and Northern Africa that provide livelihoods for local communities and natural habitat for a diverse range of animal life including the endangered Iberian lynx.

The bark from the cork oak makes a flooring tile that looks great. It has an attractive freckled pattern in its natural state. Cork is very flexible and it is easy to add a vast range of colors and designs to cork flooring making it suitable to any type of interior design theme. Cork flooring feels soft and warm underfoot making it a very comfortable flooring material.

There are numerous other benefits of cork flooring. Cork is composed of a honeycomb structure that contains 85% of an air-like gas. This is what gives cork its unique softness, elasticity and insulation qualities. Although cork doesn’t feel hard like hardwood flooring it is still very strong and long lasting. The oldest cork flooring on record is in a church near Chicago in the USA. The cork flooring in this particular church is believed to have been installed in 1898. Cork is soft but it literally ‘springs back’ after pressure is applied to it. Thus cork flooring is suitable for high traffic situations and can deal with heavy furniture without being damaged.

Beautiful cork flooring

cork flooring suits a range of interior design themes
cork flooring suits a range of interior design themes

The Benefits of Cork Flooring

That is not all. The honeycomb structure of cork also has incredible insulation properties. Cork has been traditionally used as a roof insulator because it retains heat. So having cork flooring helps reduce your energy bills in the winter because the cork absorbs heat from the room making it feel warm underfoot. Similarly cork absorbs both impact sound and sound transmission making it a brilliant natural sound insulator. This is great for families with noisy children. The children can be jumping around upstairs and the parents are not disturbed by loud bangs while they are downstairs watching the TV.

Cork flooring is also an ideal choice for family homes because cork contains a waxy substance called suberin that gives cork a natural resistance to mold and bugs. It also makes cork flooring anti-allergenic, anti-microbial and fire resistant. Cork flooring is recommended by the US Green Building Council and fulfills all the criteria set out by the LEED program – namely it is from a renewable resource, it is energy saving (because it is a good insulator) and it is free of toxic chemicals that reduce indoor air quality.

Another benefit of cork flooring is cost. It is competitively priced in comparison to hardwood flooring, reclaimed hardwood flooring and strand woven bamboo flooring. Cork flooring is also easy to install. It comes in a variety of tile sizes that can be put down in a floating installation or in a glued down installation. Cork flooring can be installed over any type of subfloor or flooring except for carpet. Many suppliers of cork flooring also sell snap lock tiles but these are made of fiberboard ‘sandwiched’ with cork layers. Whatever cork flooring type you choose to buy, you have the possibility to do a DIY installation thus saving you money.

When you combine the environmental benefits of cork with its strength, durability, warmth, insulative properties and attractive appearance you come to realize that cork is so much more than simply a wine bottle stopper – in fact many cork floors are made from recycled wine bottle stoppers – it is also a very important material that will very soon be as popular as other renewable resources such as bamboo.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)