Cork is increasing in popularity for several reasons. It comes from the bark of a tree in the beech family. It is a rapidly renewable resource. The tree can be harvested in nine to eleven years. Because the cork is taken from the bark, the trees can be reharvested for many years.

Cork flooring was popular in the past in places where comfort and quiet were important. Cork is very durable, comfortable to walk or stand on and fire-resistant. It is available in a large number of textures, colors and patterns. It can be purchased in planks or tiles. Most cork today is treated with several coats of an acrylic that can be cleaned by routine sweeping or vacuuming. Cork can be glued to a hard sub-floor or installed so it “floats” over other hard surfaces, including concrete.