Cork is most widely known as a product used to preserve the quality of wine in bottles. It can also be fashioned as a board to post notes or reminders in an office. Yet, one of cork's most unique applications may leave you feeling like you are walking on air: cork flooring.
Cork flooring isn't a new concept. Cork floors have been used in the United States since around the turn of the 20th century [source: Tolli]. "It gives you sound control because it absorbs foot falls and noise," said Ann Wicander, president of WE Cork. "Traditionally, it's been used in libraries and churches, but now you see it everywhere."
The appeal of green or environmentally friendly products has prompted a renewed interest in cork flooring for the home. Many people choose sustainable flooring options such as cork floors.
In this article, we'll look at how cork flooring is created and installed along with its advantages and drawbacks as a flooring option. We'll start at the beginning with a discussion on how cork flooring is made.