Cork is an increasingly trendy material for flooring in MD, DC and VA homes. If you are seeking a soft, cushiony, warm flooring that is easier to clean than carpet, cork may be the best choice for you. Cork flooring is a natural, renewable resource. It is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees. The bark of these trees can be removed without harming the tree, and it grows back within nine years, when it can be harvested again. With the decline in global use of cork, purchasing cork flooring also helps preserve cork forests which have been in decline since plastic corks in wine bottles started becoming more common. With your purchase, you are helping to ensure the continued biodiversity of Mediterranean cork forests.