Besides its contemporary appearance and green sustainability, cork flooring has many positives and a few negatives for use in your home. An advantages of using cork flooring is that cork is a renewable resource. The bark that is harvested from the cork oak trees replenishes over time. This helps to make the flooring an attractive option for people who lean toward using natural materials in the home, but are also conscious of the environment. Since it is possible to purchase cork in natural, unfinished sheets, the homeowner can even make use of stains and other methods of coloring the material that are in keeping with his or her lifestyle. Along with the natural unfinished sheets, cork flooring is also available with a few special treatments. Waxed cork is ideal for maintaining a natural look, but is resistant to dirt. It is a good option for high traffic areas.
Resin reinforced flooring has an extra layer of protection to the shine of the floor, allowing it to be an ideal choice for a more formal room. Vinyl impregnated cork flooring comes in a wide range of colors, and can be used in kitchens, dens, or bathrooms. While most cork flooring products can be installed under similar conditions, the manufacturer may have specific instructions that apply when the material is installed in certain climates or applied to certain types of sub-floors.