Cork and bamboo are still niche products compared to “traditional” hardwood flooring, but increasingly being noticed for their sustainable origins. Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, which can be harvested without damage to the tree. Bamboo is a woody grass that grows quickly and can also be harvested, every three to seven years, without causing damage to the plant. These products are finding their way into more and more residential and commercial settings, and with that comes the need to know how to install them.
Cork Flooring and Underlayment. Tim Tompkins, Amorim Flooring North America national marketing director, said floating cork flooring is easy to install, using similar steps as engineered hardwood. “These floating systems sit well over plywood, concrete or even existing flooring.”