Renewable flooring like Cork costs less than hardwood and looks great. The bark from the Cork tree is pealed off allowing the tree to re-grow another layer for the next house. "Floating" systems have as layer of support underneath the cork with in pre-urethaned finishes to save you time and money on the top coat.
Note that when comparing prices against hard wood, American oak is often cured longer and has less potential to buckle than cheaper imports that cost less than $5 / sq. ft. Cork costs about $3.50 / sq. ft. so the immediate savings on a 300 sq.ft. room (20' x 15' ) is about $450.
Consider cork for guest rooms, dens, home offices, or play rooms. If you buy the easy 'snap-ins', you can do it yourself and use a $.50 / Sq. ft. underlayment for increased 'cushioning' and moisture barrier. You can also consider using cork instead of carpet. Installed carper ranges from $1.25 to $2.50 per sq. ft. but you have to clean and potentially replace it every 5 to 10 years depending on wear.
The savings is immediate relative to wood, but the ROI Calculation is based on carpet at an average of $1.75 / sq. ft. for Two 300 sq. ft. rooms with a carpet replacement within 10 years.
Add beautiful natural floors to a room, and create a weekend project.
Underlayment made from recycled material adds moister protection and increases ‘cushioning’ comfort.
The tongue and groove planks ‘snap’ in with the help of a hammer and taping bar.
Install it yourself or bring in the pros.
Even though this product comes pre-coated with urethane, consider adding an extra coat for increased durability.