Guide to Selecting Floors

Which flooring is right for you? Hardwood, laminate, tile, vinyl or eco-friendly choices like cork or bamboo? We have expert advice to help you choose.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionCork flooring is created by removing only the bark, leaving the remainder of the tree unharmed. This process makes cork a renewable resource, and the tree will simply regrow the bark that was removed.
Like bamboo, cork is a green flooring alternative. Another bonus of cork is that the wood's honeycomblike cellular structure gives the flooring a cushiony feel underfoot. This distinctive structural characteristic also causes cork floors to absorb vibrations and sound, and they bounce back if dented. Cork flooring is available in pre-finished tiles in a range of finishes. The tiles have a natural, nonslip surface that makes cork ideal for wet areas like kitchens or bathrooms.
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