Another type of resilient flooring is made from cork, the bark of a particular type of tree. You can harvest this bark every eight to 10 years without killing the tree, making cork a sustainable material. The bark is boiled, ground up, compressed into sheets with a resin binder, and baked in a kiln. Some types of cork flooring have a veneer of natural cork bark over a backing of either compressed cork or high-density fiberboard.
Cork flooring comes in two forms. You can buy tiles that you glue down to install or planks that typically have a click-lock edge and can be installed as a floating floor.
Like other resilient flooring, cork is warm, quiet, and soft underfoot. It has a natural look and is slip-resistant. It’s also an eco-friendly choice made from renewable resources and produced in a way that creates next to no waste. Both cork tiles and click-lock planks are easy to install yourself.
Cork is vulnerable to moisture, tears, and dents. Although most cork flooring comes prefinished, it still needs to be resealed every year with wax or polyurethane to protect it from stains and water damage.