Cork Flooring


Filling every nook and cranny of the building, flooring is an integral part of interior designing. Each and every flooring tells a story or a situation unique to its own. Whether they are soft, hard, shiny, matte, bumpy, smooth, flat, or textured, every flooring characteristics are mostly determined from the materials they are made out of.

Some of the existing flooring materials are easy to recycle, while some are not. Even some types of wood flooring may have been subjected to harsh chemical treatment to bring out optimal quality for flooring application. Flooring ornaments such as rugs, bed-liners, and carpets are difficult to recycle as well.

Cork flooring is a refreshing redevelopment of flooring materials.

Made from Quercus Suber (a.k.a. Cork Tree), the cork comes from their bark, which are considered as their dead cells and are ready for harvesting every 8-14 years after the tree is grown for 25 years. Extracted by hand, these barks/stripped planks are exposed to outside conditions for 6 months. After, they are steamed in boilers to eliminate bugs, contaminants and remove the outside layer of bark, which also increases the flexibility of the cork.

After 3 weeks of storing, they are punched into cork stoppers for wine bottles, while the leftovers are typically used for champagne corks.

Cork flooring is then made from what’s left after all the cork stoppers are created, as with other products such as cork boards, coasters and fashion accessories.

The complete use cork dark leads to zero waste, which is why it is one of the most earth-friendly resources available.

With over 40 different colors and style, the cork flooring goes for average of $4~$8 per square foot. Method of application involves tongue-and-groove connection that snaps together, eliminating the use of adhesive for installation. With this method of application, it is extremely easy to maintain and replace. It can also be directly placed on existing flooring.

For home purposes, cork flooring offers great characteristics. With millions of air-filled cells, cork flooring absorbs both sound and impact, does not hold onto dust, stays warm with resilience, and provides a soft texture/cushion for those walking barefoot. It is great for those who suffer from sore feet after walking on ceramics or any other hard flooring.


– Post by Carl Jo –


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