Since I mentioned the cork floor now installed Taj, there have been a lot of questions. I will do my best to answer them here. As you can see from the picture, there is an interesting texture and a lot of character to the cork flooring. Heidi and I both think it is really beautiful, but the reasons go much deeper than just looks.
Cork is considered to be a renewable and sustainable natural resource for others who feel like doing their part to be environmentally conscious. It is available in many different patterns and colors to suit about anyone. The color and style we chose is called "Chunk Mocha". We purchased it from Fairchild Flooring in Port Angeles. (Some of the nicest people ever!)
In a vanhome, cork has some properties that make it especially appealing! Because of it's cellular structure, it has a very shock absorbing quality and feels soft and comfortable to the feet. That same structure is responsible for giving it great sound dampening and insulating qualities. Cork has been used in public buildings since the late 1800's. It is very durable and survives well in heavy use.
The more interesting aspects of using cork in a van is related to it's natural anti-allergenic properties that make it a better choice than almost any other material to me. Due to a waxy substance in cork called Suberin, it repells insects, mites and mold and it is also very well protected from rotting when left wet for long periods of time.
Installing it was pretty easily done. The manufacturer said no glue was necessary as the panels snap together. I used glue anyway. I asked about using an underlayment but was told it was not necessary due to the insulating properties of the cork. We installed it directly on the original 1/2" plywood subfloor in Taj. If anyone has more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.