You might think that cork is a material used strictly for wine bottle preservation and the occasional arts and crafts project. We’re here today to tell you about a totally different use for the woody stuff, and it starts with your floors.

If you are considering flooring installation in Wellington then you might want to consider cork! Cork floors are a completely gorgeous and delightfully cushiony alternative to both wood and carpet floors. If you want a unique flooring option that will offer you both visual and comfort-driven delight, you might want to stick around for the rest of this blog!

What is cork flooring? 

Well it isn’t a new concept, but it is a lot more popular in the United States than it is in New Zealand.

Most cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees. The process takes nine years to harvest and dry before it is eventually shipped to factories. Most of the bark is used to create wine stopping corks, but whatever is left over is boiled, ground, and compressed: ready to be cut and used for flooring!

Cork comes in a wide variety of grains, styles and colours: it opens up a whole new world of design possibilities for the ‘non conformist’ house decorators among you.

Are there any benefits of cork flooring? 

Other than the glorified sustainability of the process, cork flooring is super comfortable and cushion-like to walk on.  Some say it feels like walking on puffs of air! You might see cork flooring at churches and old halls in New Zealand. It looks fantastic but do be aware that it does mark fairly easily, so mind those high-heeled shoes! Cork flooring provides natural slip resistance, impact absorption, underfoot comfort plus acoustic and thermal insulation.


Cork is typically installed in tiled pieces. You can ask your Wellington flooring company about cork flooring today: just get in touch with the team at Robert Inwood Flooring for more information.