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Cork Tree

Cork Bark

Cork Flooring

Cork Oak


If you’re looking for warm, cushiony flooring, think cork.

Soft like suede, it has the insulating qualities and resiliency of carpet; the easy-to-clean surface of wood or tile; plus luxurious appeal from its earthy colors and rich visual texture. Made from tree bark, it’s also a natural and renewable resource, so it’s environmentally friendly.


There are several benefits to having cork on your floors.

First of all cork is very warm and comfortable.  The air trapped inside the cellular structure of cork provides a natural shock absorbing feel to the floor. It's great for applications where you are standing a lot such as in a Kitchen providing relief for your feet, back and legs.

The natural beauty of cork is very appealing.  Manufacturers are coming out with many different looks and colors which enhance the natural beauty of cork.

Unlike other hard surfaces, cork is very quiet.  Cork is actually used as a noise reducer (sublayer) for other hard surfaces.

Cork is very healthy and safe.  Cork has natural properties that are anti-allergenic and resistant to insects. A naturally occurring waxy substance in cork called suberin repels insects, mites and mold and protects cork from from rotting when wet for a long time. In addition, suberin is naturally fire resistant and cork doesn't release any toxic off-gassing when it burns. These natural properties plus the coatings used to seal cork flooring make it healthy and safe for adults, pets and baby.

Lastly, the durability and ease of maintenance appeals to many.  Easy to clean surface like wood and resilient durability like vinyl.


Cork is lightweight, impermeable to liquids, elastic, resilient and chemically inert. It comes from the thick spongy bark of the cork oak. The tree is unique because its bark can be stripped every nine years, a process that actually improves its quality, just as cutting and trimming human hair keeps it healthy.

The bark is still stripped by teams of highly skilled men with axes because no reliable mechanical method has been developed. An average tree, which lives for 170 to 200 years, can be harvested about 17 times.

This low-impact farming, established at least 300 years ago, helps support an astonishing variety of plant and animal life.

Glossy black storks will nest only in cork oaks, and the trees provide homes for similarly selective booted eagles. Thousands of European cranes arrive in winter to feed on the abundance of acorns.

There are 100 different species of bird, including nightjars, short-toed eagles, azure-winged magpies, bee-eaters, black-shouldered kites and hoopoes.

There are also bats and other small mammals, reptiles and amphibians in the forests. And the mosaic of cork groves, grassland and scrub provides the perfect habitat for the magnificent Iberian lynx, the world's rarest big cat, which makes the elusive snow leopard look like a champion breeder by comparison. Only around 100 are thought to remain and the species is on the brink of extinction.

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