Putting in new flooring is one of the most common home renovation projects. One of the first questions that people have to decide upon is what kind of flooring they want to use. Though there are a lot of great options, cork flooring is one of the absolute best. Made from the bark of the Cork Oak tree, choosing cork for your flooring has any number of benefits.

A few of the best reasons to consider cork flooring are discussed below.

1. Durable

Cork flooring is one of the most durable types of flooring around. This makes it an excellent long-term investment. Though cork is definitely soft, it is this softness that allows it to “give” rather than dent or scratch. In addition, the nature of cork makes it so that you won’t see scratches and nicks that do end up happening over time.

2. Pet Proof

Nothing is worse than investing in new flooring only to have it ruined by pets. As mentioned above, cork flooring does not scratch as easily as flooring such as hardwood. Furthermore, unlike carpet, it does not stain. If pets do have an accident, it is easy to clean up off cork.

3. Looks

Cork flooring just looks good. That’s the plain and simple of it. It doesn’t have as “formal” or “designed” of a look as hardwood flooring. Instead, it has a welcoming, warm, and natural elegance that is perfect for many homes. Cork is definitely a flooring choice that looks good with furniture designed for function (comfort!) over fashion.

4. Can Be Refinished

Cork flooring is great because it can be easily refinished! This, in itself, makes it an even better long-term investment.

5. Resale Value

Most people don’t necessarily think that they will own the same house forever. That is why we are usually concerned with making home improvements that will increase our home’s resale value. While cork flooring won’t always increase resale value, it definitely won’t hurt it. Depending on the quality and type of installation it can actually increase it.

6. Pricing

Cork isn’t the cheapest flooring option – but it certainly isn’t the most expensive either. Best of all, it has come down a lot in price during the last decade. It is much cheaper than hardwood and bamboo in terms of price and has similar benefits.

7. Warm and Comfortable

The “give” that cork flooring has makes it very comfortable to walk on. Bare feet love the cushion and the warmth that cork flooring provides.

8. Insulates

Cork flooring acts as natural insulation. It helps keep heat inside of your home during the winter. It also insulates noise. It can act as an extra layer of heat/noise insulation if your home has a basement. Footsteps also fall softly on cork flooring, ensuring that no one is kept awake by your late night trips to the fridge.

9. Sustainable

Finally, cork flooring is sustainable. It is an environmentally friendly flooring choice because of the way it is harvested. When done correctly, the bark of a harvested cork tree can grow back in as little as ten years. The same tree can be used time after time again without any ill effects.

Is cork the absolute best flooring choice out there? It depends on your needs, budget, and preferences. One thing is for certain: cork flooring is becoming increasingly popular across the country.