Cork is a sustainable, durable, and comfortable flooring option. Cork trees are not endangered. Cork is harvested in a sustainable manner. The bark is harvested from the tree, which regenerates itself in 9 years. The real threat to cork trees is the drop in demand from the global wine industry. Industry experts estimate that between 1 and 10% of wine is fouled by a naturally occurring chemical in cork. In the ever growing billion+ dollar wine industry, 1-10% is simply not acceptable. It is estimate that 70% of harvested cork goes into bottle stopper production, so without the demand, the cork trees will no longer be cultivated.
Cork flooring is an environmentally friendly product that’s also comfortable to stand on and similar in price to hardwood flooring. Not only is cork a rapidly renewable resource, but it is also recyclable. The flooring comes from the bark of the Cork Oak, which is primarily grown in Spain & Portugal. The bark re-generates after harvesting, and will be ready to re-harvest in 9-10 years.
Cork flooring is soft and resilient, providing comfort and warmth to those who walk on it. Cork dampens sound, which makes it ideally suited for second-story rooms and hallways. Cork is durable and can last for many years with proper care. Cork is hypo-allergenic and naturally resistant to fire, insects, and moisture.