Cork Floors Vs. Tile Floors

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The use of cork and tile floors have been popular for hundreds of years, and advances in technology have improved on both methods. Both types of floor materials have their own similar and different qualities that can meet the requirements and desires of nearly every homeowner.

Description

  • Cork flooring is made of mostly oak tree bark that has been ground up and processed into baked sheets and tiles. Tile flooring is a ceramic product that is made from a mixture of clay.

Cost

  • Cork flooring will average anywhere from $3 to $6 per square foot depending on the type and manufacturer. Tile floors can cost anywhere from $2 per square foot to as much as $12 per square foot for exotic tiles.

Installation

  • Cork floor are most commonly glued down to a sub-floor surface and is usually an easy process. Tile flooring, on the other hand, is a more timely process that involves adhering the tiles to the floor surface with a cement mixture.

Durability

  • Cork floors are very durable compared to other wood flooring options, however, this type of flooring is not able to compete with the solid, and hard nature of tile floors.

Benefits

  • Cork floors are a cost effective and economically friendly alternative to other wood floors that are also scratch and mold resistant. The qualities that follow tile floors are similar, with an added bonus of a lifespan that will often outlive most homeowners.

References

  • Flooring: The Essential Source Book for Planning, Selecting And Restoring Floors; Elizabeth Wilhide; 2005
  • Photo Credit "Bathroom Tile" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Joe Shlabotnik (Peter Dutton) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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