For almost 20 years I have contracted for Duro Design Flooring as the architectural consultant, technical writer, field supervisor, trainer, troubleshooter, an installer and head of web development. In these years I have installed well over 75,000 square feet (I stopped counting a while back) of cork flooring and have earned a reputation as an authority on cork surfaces.
I love cork.
It is an incredibly beautiful material with very unique physical properties. It insulates, attenuates sound, absorbs impact, is anti-static and anti-microbial. The characteristics cork possesses make it a very comfortable and easy to maintain flooring material. Cork is surprisingly tough and resilient, yet a sensual material- pleasing to the eye, touch and ear.
However, amongst flooring installers, cork tile has a reputation for being one of the most difficult floors to prepare for and lay properly. You need a very experienced installer to install cork well.
Here are just a few of my floors: