Cork floor covering are self-adhesive, making them aesy to lay
The advantages of cork floor covering include its rich surface texture, and that it's comfortable on the feet. It comes in various shades of brown, light, medium, and dark; two-toned, and striped and finishes from plain to polyurethane-sealed. It isn't slippery, doesn't rot or absorb dust, and it resists humidity and stains.
On the down side, cork floor covering is not as durable as vinyl. It tends to expand and shrink as humidity changes, and it requires more effort to clean, because cork is a natural material, color of the tiles will vary.
Once laid, unsealed cork tiles must be given at least three coats of polyurethane varnish for a stain-resistant, watertight surface.
Cork floor covering may also fade in direct sunlight and is easily damaged by sharp objects, cigarettes, and strong household chemicals, such as bleach and ammonia.
Cork floor covering comes in tiles or rolls, in thicknesses ranging from 1/8 to 3/8 inch. You're most likely to find 3/8-inch-thick tiles that are 12 inches square at your flooring dealer.
Make sure they're the type with a vinyl coating on the back and PVC wear layer on the top surface. The cost of the tiles is comparable to ceramic tile.
Installation methods are about the same as for vinyl, but follow the manufacturer's directions, special adhesives may be required.