Cork floor choices, you'll be pleasantly surprised
the new styling offers silence, warmth and walking comfort
Cork Planks are available in 7" x 36", 7 1/2" x 46",
7 1/2" x 69" and 12" x 36" sizes.
Cork Tiles are available in 12" x 12", 15" x 15" and
12" x 24" sizes.
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Before you buy
Does cork suit your room and lifestyle?
Choosing cork.

If you are looking for an environmentally friendly floor – Cork Flooring is one of best options available.  Its benefits are that it is warm and cozy, easy to walk and stand on (cork is 50% air which translates to a dense cushion that insulates against cold and makes every foot step comfortable), reduces noise, is durable and it has a unique look that is beautiful and will last for years. Cork flooring most commonly comes in tile and plank form. Cork flooring is perfect for entrances, hallways, kitchens, family rooms and *basements.

*Basement usage for cork floors: Cork is best installed on on-grade or above-grade levels. Basements have a risk of occasional moisture migration from the slab. Moisture can cause glue-down tile to delaminate and cup. As a result, Cork is not recommended for this application. Talk to your flooring specialist as you may be able to use a floating floor over a moisture barrier (a floating floor is not attached to the sub-floor and rests on top of the moisture barrier.)

Choosing cork.

If you are looking for an environmentally friendly floor – Cork Flooring is one of best options available.  Its benefits are that it is warm and cozy, easy to walk and stand on (cork is 50% air which translates to a dense cushion that insulates against cold and makes every foot step comfortable), reduces noise, is durable and it has a unique look that is beautiful and will last for years. Cork flooring most commonly comes in tile and plank form. Cork flooring is perfect for entrances, hallways, kitchens, family rooms and *basements.

*Basement usage for cork floors: Cork is best installed on on-grade or above-grade levels. Basements have a risk of occasional moisture migration from the slab. Moisture can cause glue-down tile to delaminate and cup. As a result, Cork is not recommended for this application. Talk to your flooring specialist as you may be able to use a floating floor over a moisture barrier (a floating floor is not attached to the sub-floor and rests on top of the moisture barrier.)

Things to think about when buying cork.

Because Cork is a natural material, no two cork floor planks are alike… this adds to its beauty. Some colour and shade variation should be expected. Always protect cork flooring from direct sunlight and UV light, to minimize fading. Use drapes, blinds or UV-protective windows and other methods to protect your cork floor from excessive sunlight.

With cork flooring, quality and price will vary. When reviewing quality you want to look at things like density, thickness and finish.  The thicker the tile or plank the stronger the floor will be.

Cork flooring is a natural sound absorber and is quieter than Laminate or Hardwood when measuring walking sounds.

Because of cork flooring’s hypoallergenic properties, people who suffer from allergies might want to consider this type of flooring.

Cork pros and cons.

Cork floors are made without cutting down the cork tree. The bark is carefully harvested, once every nine years, in a century-old tradition with hand tools.

PROS of cork flooring

  • Cork floors are naturally resistant to invasive organisms as well as mold and mildew. This product is one of the more hypoallergenic flooring options available, making it an excellent choice for allergy sufferers.
  • It’s Soft: It has a springy surface beneath the feet that is very comfortable to walk on or to stand on even for long periods of time.
  • A particularly good flooring choice for homes with small children or elderly family members.
  • Cork flooring will act as natural insulation, blocking out ambient noise that can come from rooms below and above.
  • It has a great green story: Cork flooring is all natural, biodegradable, and very renewable.
  • Cork floors are easy to clean. Once a week sweeping or vacuuming (without a beater bar) and a slightly damp mop every couple of weeks is really all that’s needed. Don’t flood the floor with water though. Make sure that sand, dirt, and other substances that could cause scratches and abrasions are removed from the floor promptly. This will protect the finish and make it last longer. Wipe up all spills right away.
  • If damaged, cork can be repaired by replacing a tile or plank.

CONS of cork flooring

  • Cork floors also have a distinctive natural colouring that will age over time and fade if installed near direct sunlight or ultraviolet light. It is advised to use drapes, UV-protective windows and other methods to protect your cork floor from excessive sunlight.
  • The cork floor may become permanently indented if furniture pads are not used to help disperse the weight of the object or furniture legs. However using furniture pads will help with this issue. This also gives your floor some protection from furniture sliding across the surface and causing scratches.
  • Nails of dogs can scratch the surface if they aren’t groomed on a regular basis.

The cork buying process.

Visit our showroom and our sales associates will help you select the perfect flooring for your home. Bring swatches of furniture fabrics, draperies, bedspreads, wallpaper and paint that will remain in the room. You will probably want to bring samples home with you to see how it looks in your décor.

Before you visit us, consider drawing a simple outline of the room indicating:

  • Room Exits – are there any exits to the outside?  Are there patio doors?
  • Adjoining room floors – what types of flooring will flow into this room?  What are the colours?
  • Sunlight and other lighting – how much natural light comes in during the day, from what direction?
  • Rough measurement – measure the length and width of the room – include closets.

Our sales associates may ask you:

  • Is there light or heavy traffic in this room?
  • What is the room used for?
  • Do you want a casual, formal or somewhere in between look?
  • Do you have children or pets?
  • Do you have a certain colour in mind?
  • Is there a style you’ve owned or seen that you really like?

Nufloors will provide a free in home measure/estimate. We will determine exactly how much flooring you will need to buy and will determine the layout of the flooring in the room, where the seams will be placed (if applicable), and will review pattern matches if applicable. At this time, we will determine if your sub-floor is structurally sound or if repairs / replacement will be required.

If you decide to purchase from us (and we hope that you will!) we will schedule the installation and will prepare you for what to expect on installation day, such as who removes the old flooring, who moves the furniture and electronics, etc., who handles the door trimming (if required), will it be necessary to remove the moldings? Our installers are skilled, but not in electrical or plumbing work. They may be able to help with moving appliances but will not be able to disconnect/reconnect gas, water or direct-wired appliances.

Cork care.

It is important to remember that cork is a natural product and will fade in direct sunlight and, like most natural products, it will mellow under exposure to light. Download our Cork Floor Care Guide for tips on how to maintain your cork and clean up spills.

Cork care.

It is important to remember that cork is a natural product and will fade in direct sunlight and, like most natural products, it will mellow under exposure to light. Download our Cork Floor Care Guide for tips on how to maintain your cork and clean up spills.