Pros and Cons of Using Cork Flooring Outdoors

Cork can be installed outdoors, but there are some pros and cons of cork flooring that should be considered before you make the decision to install this type of flooring in your yard. Cork flooring is a durable and eco-friendly flooring option manufactured from the cork tree bark. It is also warm and comfortable to the touch.


Cork is resilient and water resistant. Any indentations that may accidentally occur will eventually spring back and disappear from the floor. It is advised to keep heavy items off of the cork, as a sustained amount of heavy weight could permanently damage the surface. Cork contains a natural material called suberin, which repels bugs and insects. Suberin also protects the cork from rot. Cork creates an excellent sound barrier and works well in muffling outdoor noise.


Cork flooring is water resistant but not waterproof. It will require the application of a sealant designed specifically for cork in order to protect it from water and moisture damage. Excess water on the cork can lead to warping and buckling of the flooring. Cork flooring that is installed without an awning or roof to cover it is more susceptible to water damage from the elements. The floor will need to be re-sealed on a regular basis.

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