Last Updated Feb 8, 2018 · Written by Craig Gibson
Are you looking for renewable and environmentally friendly flooring material, that is also easy on the eye?
Then look no further than cork, which is often overlooked because people think it only comes in the traditional natural brown version. Wrong! Cork is now coloured and comes in a wide variety of finishes. Even better, cork makes an ideal flooring material and is a practical alternative to other types of flooring.
This article will help you understand:
Cork flooring is not a common flooring choice in Australia, but has been installed in Europe for many years. Unique amongst flooring materials, the harvesting of cork bark is actually good for the trees, as it stimulates new growth - which makes it a renewable source. Its popularity also stems from the fact that cork is a practical material for flooring:
Being a natural material, there are different grades of cork. In addition, different manufacturers use different manufacturing processes. For these reasons, it is important to choose your cork flooring carefully. For example, some cork flooring is better for damp areas such as basements and bathrooms than others and some brands of cork flooring are suitable for DIY installation while others should be professionally installed.
Before we get around to prices, and what you can expect to pay for cork flooring let’s look at what other factors will affect your quote.
Flooring installers are going to want to know:
You also need to factor the cost of the clear protective polyurethane sealer, which gets painted onto your cork floor. In terms of the price, you can expect to pay anywhere from.
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When it comes time to hiring a flooring installer for your project, take the time to make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask then include:
Not all states require floor installers to be licensed, unless they are installing solid timber flooring
Cork is a natural material, so be sure to look after it to ensure it gives you many years of service underfoot.
When you come to get quotes for cork flooring, consider the costs, but also consider the experience and reputation of the installer. Also make sure a quote is itemised and includes the cost of everything, including: