Cork is one. Back in the 1960’s cork was a popular flooring material, especially in finished basements that had, what was called back then, a rumpus room. Well, Cork is coming back and it’s a better product today. Cork offers a unique combination of sound and thermal insulation together with its soft, flexible feel underfoot, and if you want an unusual pattern in a color or texture you cannot find in any other material, a cork floor could be the right choice. Since cork is more of a specialty product, shopping for it may require a trip to an independent flooring retailer who specializes in higher-end designer products.