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2018 How Much Does Cork Flooring Cost?

Last Updated Sep 14, 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:

  • Why choose cork flooring
  • How much cork flooring costs
  • Hiring a cork flooring installer
  • Getting quotes for cork flooring

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Why choose cork flooring?

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:

  • Like timber and bamboo, cork is a natural product with a pleasing natural appearance that fits in well in a variety of settings.
  • Cork is a relatively soft material, making it an excellent choice for the family home, minimising breakage and bruises from those little accidents that occur so frequently in busy families.
  • Although soft, cork has a "memory" and resists permanent denting by "bouncing back" from impact dents such as high heels.
  • Cork has excellent thermal and acoustic insulating properties and is also cool in summer underfoot.

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.

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How much does cork flooring cost?

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:

  • How many square metres your job is
  • What is currently on the floor
  • What condition your floor is in and if it needs levelling
  • What type of cork surface you want, tiles, panels or a roll

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.

  • $60 to $100 per square metre for cork tiles or boards, depending on the thickness
  • $121 per 4.5 square metre carton for 300mm x 300mm x 6mm standard cork tiles

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Hiring a cork flooring installer

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:

  • Are you licensed or qualified?
  • Are you insured to work in my home?
  • How long will my job take?
  • Can you provide a written quote?
  • Do you have references I can follow up?
  • Can I see examples of your work?

Not all states require floor installers to be licensed, unless they are installing solid timber flooring

- where a carpenter or builders licence are typically required.

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Looking after your cork floor

Cork is a natural material, so be sure to look after it to ensure it gives you many years of service underfoot.

  • Wipe up spills asap before they create a stain
  • Use a damp, but not wet mop to clean your cork surface
  • Try limit the amount of direct sunlight your floor receives
  • Don’t drag furniture over a cork floor, and use felt protector pads on legs to limit damage

Getting quotes for cork flooring

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:

  • Removal and disposal of old flooring, if needed
  • Installation of underlay
  • Flooring installation
  • Removal and replacement of skirting boards, if needed
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