A Definitive Guide to Choosing the Right Cork Floors

Cork flooring comes from the cork oak tree from Mediterranean countries. Make your home hip by installing cork floors.

A major reason cork floors are becoming popular is because they’re eco-friendly. Cork floors are made from the cork oak tree’s bark that’s harvested every 9 years. Cork floors are also sometimes made from recycled wine corks.

Are you ready to go natural?

Here’s what you need to know about choosing cork flooring:

Cork Flooring 101

There are two types of cork floors: glue down cork floor tiles and cork floor planks or glueless ones.

To install glueless planks, you snap them together. This creates a floating floor effect over any kind of flooring. However, with glue down cork floor tiles, you simply place them down where you want them.

You can choose between tiles or planks that are pre-finished or unfinished. “Pre-finished” means the cork tiles or planks have been treated with wax or another protective coating. Pre-finished cork tiles or planks are generally easier because they’re ready to lay down right after you buy them.

With unfinished cork planks and cork tiles, you provide your own finishing. However, experts still recommend treating pre-finished cork floors with some kind of protective wax or coating.

Buying glueless tiles/planks and finishing them yourself lets you secure the seams between the tiles and planks. It’s a better option for bathrooms or environments prone to moisture/spills because you can install a moisture-resistant underlayment.


Unlike hardwood flooring, there are three cork floor patterns to choose from: traditional, striata, or nugget.

Traditional cork floor patterns are tight and closely resemble wine corks. 

Nugget cork patterns have long grains. They also have increased surface texture and more variations in color.

The striata pattern is more subdued. It closely resembles wood grain or crosscut marble. 


As far as cork flooring pros and cons go, one benefit of cork tiles and floors is they come in a variety of colors. However, darker colors tend to fade faster than lighter colors. Be sure to limit sun exposure to cork floors to reduce fading.

Cork tends to be a medium tan but also ranges from dark brown to light tan. Because cork can be dyed, you can find cork in almost any color.

When choosing cork floors, consider the rest of a room while choosing a color. For instance, if your room’s color scheme consists of earth tones, cork flooring in any shade of brown will complement its surroundings. If the room has more blue/oceanic tones, choose teal or deep blue cork tiles.

Get In On The Cork Trend

Cork flooring is bacteria-resistant. It’s the best flooring option if someone in your home suffers from allergies. Overall, it’ll make your home cleaner.

Walking on cork floors is also better for your back. Cork floors offer that extra bit of cushioning for your feet that makes all the difference. They also insulate heat and noise.

Upgrade your home and learn more about cork flooring. Getting cork floors can make your home a better place.