Cork is most widely known as a product used to preserve the quality of wine in bottles. It can also be fashioned as a board to post notes or reminders in an office. Yet, one of cork’s most unique applications may leave you feeling like you are walking on air: cork flooring .

Cork flooring isn’t a new concept. These floors have been used in the United States since around the turn of the century. It gives you sound control because it absorbs foot falls and noise and has traditionally, it’s been used in libraries and churches, but now you see it everywhere.

Recently, the appeal of green, or environmentally friendly, products has prompted a renewed interest in cork flooring for the home. According to The American Institute of Architect’s Home Design Survey in 2008, more than 60 percent of respondents saw an increased interest in sustainable flooring options such as cork.