Floating Cork Floor Planks

Floating Cork Floor Planks - Installation

Pre-finished, urethane covered

 

It is recommended that you acclimatize the tiles on site, in their original packaging, for at least 24 hours prior to installation.

 

Ensure that the sub-floor is structurally sound, smooth, flat (can not vary more than a 1/4" in 10 ft), clean and dry (less than 3%moisture on concrete and 10% on wood). You can lay the floating cork floor plank over plywood, hardwood, chipboard, vinyl and most ceramic tiles. Crawl spaces under wood floors should be well ventilated and a vapor barrier of 6 mil poly should be installed. Installation on all concrete, above or below grade, requires a 6 mil vapor barrier. Overlap vapor barrier 8-12" and seal seams with water resistant tape and carry up the wall. Cut the vapor barrier even with the floor's surface after the installation is complete.

 

The floor must be able to expand and contract on all sides. You cannot obstruct its movement. You must provide an expansion gap of 3/8" at all walls, doorframes, pipes and thresholds. These gaps can be covered by quarter round, baseboard or other mouldings that are fastened to the wall, not the cork.

 

Installation of the floating cork plank floors is similar to installation of laminate floors. Follow installation instructions supplied by the individual manufacturer. The conceptual floor design is similar for most floating "click" floors systems. No glue is required. The floors are engineered to make plank alignment and positioning simple and thus the installation process becomes manageable, even for the novice.

 

Pre-finished, urethane-covered floating cork planks require no additional coats of urethane.

  

Important Points:

  • No glue is required for installation.
  • Can be installed over most surfaces.
  • Sub-floor must be structurally sound, flat, smooth, dry and clean.
  • Use vapor barrier over concrete or where required.
  • Leave room for floor expansion.
  • Do not screw or nail anything through the cork floor