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The pros and cons of cork flooring

When looking for a new floor, there are plenty of options to choose from. One of the lesser-known but very interesting options is cork flooring. A durable and natural product whose pros and cons are highlighted in this article, so you can make an informed decision on whether you should opt for cork flooring.

What is a cork floor?

A cork floor is a floor covering made of cork. Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree and is known as a durable and natural material. The bark of the cork oak is harvested from, dried and then cut into planks that can be sold as flooring.

Choosing cork is a sustainable choice because the cork oak is peeled every nine years, so it is not cut down. A tree that is regularly peeled lives a lot longer than one that is not peeled. Most of the cork forests can be found in Spain and Portugal.


Advantages of cork flooring

A cork floor has many benefits, below are listed main ones:



Cork floors are made from the bark of the cork oak tree, which regrows every nine years. This makes the cork oak a sustainable resource that will not be depleted. In addition, the production process of cork flooring is becoming increasingly sustainable, making it less harmful to the environment even during the manufacturing process.



Another advantage of a cork floor is that it is very comfortable to walk on. The natural resilience of cork makes the floor feel comfortable. In addition, a cork floor is sound-damping.



Cork is naturally water-repellent and repels dust, making it easy to clean. A huge advantage for allergy and asthma sufferers. With a hoover and a damp cloth, a cork floor is quick and easy to keep clean.


A cork floor is heat-insulating. This keeps the floor warmer for longer in winter and cooler in summer. This can help reduce energy bills, as less heating is needed to keep the temperature in the house comfortable.

Disadvantages of cork flooring

Installing a cork floor can also come with certain disadvantages:


One disadvantage of a cork floor can be that it discolours under the influence of sunlight. However, this can be prevented by taking measures such as a UV protection layer or UV-blocking windows.



A floor made of cork may crack over time. Under the influence of moisture or temperature changes, the material may expand or shrink. This can be prevented by maintaining the humidity level in your home.


Buy a cork floor at Duracryl

Duracryl has its own sustainable variant of cork flooring: Corques Liquid Lino. This floor is made of linoleum consisting of a pure mixture of natural materials such as linseed oil, vegetable oil, cork and mineral fillers. The floor can be applied SEAMLESS (from wall to wall) and is therefore widely used in education, hospitals, offices and museums.

The perfect solutions for floors where owners and users place high demands on comfort, wear, hygiene and impact resistance.

Want to know more about Corques Liquid Lino? Then take a look at this SPECSHEET!

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Yes, cork flooring is a good choice for people with allergies. Cork repels dust and is naturally hypoallergenic, meaning it retains less dust and allergens than other floor coverings.
Yes, it is possible to install a cork floor yourself if you are handy. However, it is important to bear in mind the properties of cork, such as its sensitivity to moisture and temperature fluctuations. Therefore, it is advisable to get well-informed before getting started yourself.

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