Cork flooring is a superior alternative to the normal modern flooring styles in today’s homes. Although it has many benefits, it is not very common in modern day homes. Cork flooring comes from tree bark, allowing it to be environmentally friendly compared to the hard flooring styles that are typically used. Since the tree is left intact the bark can grow back on the trees and be used again and again to make additional cork flooring. This makes cork flooring a renewable resource as well as allowing it to be cost effective. Cork comes in very appealing styles, just like normal hardwood and linoleum flooring styles, to meet almost every consumes need. Compared to other hard flooring styles, cork is less expensive in the long run and can even be up to half the cost of hardwood or linoleum flooring. Another benefit from cork is how quiet it is compared to the other flooring styles. Hardwoods and linoleums are loud when someone walks on them, but since cork is a soft, spongy wood, it absorbs the sound similar to the carpet style flooring. One of the best qualities of cork flooring is that it’s a better insulator than other hard flooring styles. Thus meaning that cork flooring helps make homes both more energy efficient and cost efficient. Cork flooring also is used as insulation under carpets, hardwood, and linoleum flooring. Overall the use of cork in flooring would be a great cost and energy efficient tool in today’s world.