Cork flooring is made from the bark of the cork oak tree. It has been used as a flooring material for more than a hundred years due to its durability, resistance to moisture damage, and acoustical and thermal insulation properties. A typical tree provides hundreds of pounds of cork at each harvesting and survives the harvest, which happens approximately every nine years.
There are many styles and patterns available in both 12”X12” tiles and 1’X3’ floating floor panels. They are available as unfinished or prefinished with carnauba wax or polyurethane. The tiles are glued down to a subfloor and are suitable in any room in the house. Floating floor planks are glued to one another and contain a medium density fiberboard sandwiched between two layers of cork which can swell as a result of water and moisture. Solid cork does not absorb moisture because it consists of many air filled cells so is a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
We carry two brands of cork flooring, Expanko and Vida Cork. Expanko tiles are available in many solid styles and the darker shades are burned, making the color go all the way through the tile. They can be purchased prefinished with a matte polyurethane, prefinished with carnauba wax, or unfinished.
Vida Cork is prefinished with one of our favorite floor finishes, OSMO Polyx Oil so it can be spot repaired at any time. This finish is less hard than polyurethane and will require a bit more maintenance.
Prices range from $3.50 to $13.95 per square foot