Comfortable and resilient, cork has been used as a residential and commercial flooring product for over 100 years. However, with modern technology, today's cork floors offer much more variety in terms of colors, installation options, and finishes.
Harvested from the bark of the cork oak, a tree native to many Mediterranean countries, cork is a sustainable and renewable resource. The bark grows back in as little as three years, with no harm to the tree. Cork is anti-allergenic and resistant to moisture, mold, and insects, making it a healthy surface covering for homes with sensitive people and pets.
Aside from the rich texture, numerous patterns, and beautifully colored tiles, cork flooring is appreciated for its soft and warm give under foot, especially nice when bare, resistance to dents, and its thermal & acoustical insulated qualities.
Cork flooring has a soft touch, personally, other than the unique looks that can be achieved with cork flooring, my favorite quality, is how it feels when walking bare foot, you have to try it. Cork flooring is soft enough that your back, hips and knees feel better after standing on your feet for long periods of time and yet doesn't feel spongy. It is cork's cellular structure that is made up of millions of tiny, sealed air-like pockets which provides this benefit.
Cork flooring is very resilient, heavy pressure does not break down or destroy the tiny air cells that are unique to cork, pressure only compresses the air within the cells. The cork begins to spring back when the pressure is removed, ie. Have you ever taken a cork out of a wine bottle and tried to put it back in the next day, good luck, and it's been compressed for say 10 years! This resiliency allows the cork to give under pressure while still maintaining its beauty and finish.
Cork flooring is resistance to moisture, while natural cork is not completely impervious to moisture penetration, its cellular structure gives it a high resistance to penetration by water and when coated with a water-based finish it becomes completely resistant to stains or water damage, so yes, you can install cork tiles in the kitchen or bathroom.
Cork flooring has excellent acoustical insulation properties, with its 200 million air cells per cubic inch; of which 60% is air, and essentially acts as an "air cushion", absorbing vibrations and direct impacts. This means cork is great for 2nd level installations, music and entertainment rooms.
I have two sources for cork flooring, one of which offers a vast selection of basically any solid color you can think of, affording you many creative options, from borders and patterns to crazy designs and bright colors for a child's room. The other source has the best selection in traditional, rich and elegant cork flooring options, which is what has made cork so popular. Cork is available in square 12 inch tiles, plank style, finished, unfinished, and click style cork flooring for floating.