CORK Flooring

Cork flooring is one of the most beautiful, sustainable, and comfortable flooring options available. Its natural properties include resistance to mold/bacteria, fire resistance, anti allergenic, and insect resistance. A rapidly renewable resource, cork is available in floating planks or glue-down tiles. It is great for a residential or office space because it has superior acoustic and thermal properties. Check out our complete line of cork floor & wall products below, many of which you can purchase here on our site!

Who Should Buy Cork Flooring?

In order to decide whether cork is right for you, we've put together a Six point guide to help you get to know its properties.

Application - First let's discuss areas we DO NOT recommend putting cork flooring: Anywhere outdoors, full restrooms, basements that seasonally take on moisture, non climate controlled spaces, spaces prone to large heat fluctuations (10+ degrees is our definition), and medium-high foot traffic areas. Now for the areas where we think fits best, and where we've seen it have great longevity: Studios & Condos, small offices (beware of high heels), homes with grown adults, individual rooms within a home that receive less foot traffic. The biggest dangers to cork flooring are moisture, temperature fluctuations, and objects with a high weight per square inch. We encourage buyers to envision the specific application of the room or area that they desire to put cork in. If any of the big dangers mentioned are present, we think it hurts your chances of having a long lasting floor.

In Portland, Oregon, we mainly see cork used in studio apartments, condos, and bedrooms. We find the main reasons customers are drawn to purchasing cork is because of its unique appearance, eco friendly properties, and great underfoot feel. By adding cork flooring to the former areas, customers can enjoy a comfortable floor and improve the indoor air quality. It also adds acoustic and insulate value to help meet the needed specifications in apartment and office settings. Cork wall coverings can add a great aesthetic accent to any space. They can also block sound transfer. Think of how useful this would be for a home or professional music studio, a meeting room, or any space where you desire to prevent sound transfer.

Additionally, there are two main types of installation: floating and glue down. Without discussing the specific pros and cons of each type, just know that give you flexibility when deciding where to install cork, and can help reduce end costs.

Cost - Cork flooring ranges from $6-15/square foot + shipping costs ranging from $150-$1000. Installation ranges from $3-8/square foot depending on your location in the United States, and the product you select. Factors that increase cost include glue down installation, custom colors/patterns, needing to be site finished, and/or special top coat finishes. Our most affordable products are Wicanders, Amorim, Opus, and WE cork. These are excellent products that's boast waterproofing (Amorim), high resistance technology (HRT) finish, lifetime residential warranty, and a floating installation. If you want to customize color and finish options, we recommend APC, and Duro Designs Cork.

Durability - Because cork is a naturally softer material, it is inherently less durable than hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, vinyl plank flooring, or tile, in that order. It is comparable to marmoleum flooring. Let's use hardwood flooring as a standard of comparison. If you consider hardwood floors durable and your are used to maintaining them, then you should find cork to be a disable option. Like hardwood floors, you should clean up spills and standing moisture as quickly as possible. Large animals, lots of foot traffic, and sliding furniture will produce scratches. However, many scratches will blend in to the cork floorings natural texture. Gouges will not blend in, and will detract from its appearance. You will want to disperse the weight of heavy items, especially if they are concentrated into small footprints i.e. refrigerator wheels, and skinny furniture legs. Cork flooring is probably not a great option for family with kids, several pets, or indoor shoe wearers.

Appearance - As with any natural product, expect variation in the appearance of cork flooring. However, with modern technology, companies have been able to print patterns into the cork surface. For instance, Amorim offers Woodwise, a cork backed plank, with a vinyl top layer for enhance durability and the appearance of wood. Other products feature mosaic tile, wood, stone, and other appearances. Cork flooring comes in many sizes: 4'-5' planks, 1' square tiles, 3'x1' panels, and customizable sizes. If you select a customizable product such as Euro Designs cork OR APC Cork, you can select different types of finishes. Many cork floors come with a matte finish, but you can find options with more shine to suit your tastes. If bold colors are your thing, you can find cork floors in almost any color!

Availability - IF you're ready to purchase cork flooring or wall covering, expect to receive it in 2-3 weeks for stock products. Many of our Cork Products are coming from Portugal or Canada, and thus require higher shipping times. Custom Products can take anywhere from 2-3 months to be made and delivered. At Eco Floors, we work closely with our suppliers to monitor these wait times, and expedite them if possible. We do not stock these products at our Portland, Oregon location at this time. We order them directly from the manufacturers, and can have them shipped to most locations in the United States.

Eco Friendly Properties - One of the biggest reason people fall in love with cork is because it's a sustainable product. It is made from the bark of the cork oak tree. Interestingly, when the bark is harvested, the tree is not damaged. It is left to naturally regrow its outer bark, which takes about 9 years. Cork stripping is a technical, high paid industry. Thus, a lot of skilled effort goes into the preservation of the cork forests. Since these trees can live up to 200 years and are essential to supporting a diverse ecosystem, there are strict laws to protect the Mediterranean forests.

Like other trees, cork oak trees convert CO2 Into oxygen. However, harvested cork trees absorb 3-5 times as much CO2 as unharvested trees. They store additional carbon each time the bark is harvested. Additionally, high quality cork flooring is 100% Recyclable. The above factors make cork flooring and wall coverings an excellent option to qualify for LEED Credits. LEED is the most widely used green building system that is helping move global building towards sustainability.

How to buy Cork Flooring

If you live in Portland, Oregon please stop by our Eco Floors show room to view our hand selected options for cork. Our Knowledgable staff can answer any questions you have to inform your purchasing decision. We also offer industry leading installation. Eco floors is owned by a Father & Son who were former installers. We understand the importance of an excellent install to the overall appearance and longevity of your floor.

If you do not live near Portland, Oregon, contact us now to inquire about purchasing cork flooring. Right now we offer Amorim woodwise and corkwise right here on our website. We can other cork products shipped to your front door!

Showroom: 4726 SE Milwaukie Ave , Portland Oregon 97202

Hours: Mon-Fri: 9-4, Sat: By appointment, Sun: Closed

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Stuck for a choice of flooring? We find the main reasons customers are drawn to purchasing cork is because of its unique appearance, eco friendly properties, and great underfoot feel. Check out our Buyer's guid to see if cork flooring is right for you.

Amorim Wise sustainable flooring is 100% waterproof, climate positive, non-PVC and with a Negative Carbon Balance, made from cork and recycled materials.

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Wicanders®, Amorim Revestimentos’ premium brand, has been producing flooring since 1868. Their floors are inspired by nature’s most pure values and use avant-garde technologies to provide high-quality, ecologic and stylish flooring. Unique options to customize your space.

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APC Cork is one of the top North American distributors of cork flooring, offering a variety of floating floors, residential and commercial glue down tiles, cork underlayments, and flooring accessories.

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DuroDesign offers cork flooring in 54 colors and six patterns for an incredible selection. DuroDesign floors are available in either glue-down tiles or click-together floating floor planks. Green floors help you get LEED Certification.

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Cork has so many unique natural properties that we and our environment can benefit from. Our job here at WE Cork is to offer you the best in high-quality cork flooring, underlayment, wall coverings, and accessories. We want you to enjoy the experience of having cork in your home or building. And we want to empower our dealers to offer these same benefits of cork in their local communities.

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Cork FAQ's

Cork Flooring is a naturally softer material meaning it is inherently less durable than hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, vinyl plank flooring, or tile, in that order. It will scratch and dent easier than these materials. Also, the locking system in floating cork is often made of high density fiberboard (HDF) which is moisture resistant, but can cause seam swelling if exposed to too much moisture.

The simple answer is it depends on where you intend to install it (see the top of this page under "application"). If installed in the right area, it is hard to beat cork flooring's soft underfoot feel, beautiful appearance, mid level price point, ease of install, and sustainable characteristics.

While dent resistance is below many other types of flooring (Hardwood, laminate, vinyl, tile) cork has many excellent properties for a kitchen. It is naturally Fire resistant, which creates a safe environment for potential high temperature spills and accidents. What makes this possible? A substance contained within cork called Suberin. Suberin also repels bugs, molds, termites, and funguses causing cork to be hypoallergenic and anti-microbial. In an area where you, your family, or lots of people spend time, cork is an excellent flooring option to assist in keeping the area clean and safe. Just be diligent about cleaning up spills and frequently dropping things.