How to Install Floating Cork Floors without Glue How to Install Floating Cork Floors without Glue
Floating cork floors provide home owners with a warm, luxurious flooring option. There are a variety of cork flooring formats available including tiles, rolls and planks. Plank flooring is snapped together without the need of any fasteners or adhesive. This cork flooring format is simple and easy to install.
Step 1 – Preparing the Floor
Use your vacuum to remove any dust and debris from the floor where you will be installing the cork flooring. Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the leveling compound before you apply it to the floor. Apply the leveling compound and allow it to dry thoroughly.
Step 2 – Laying the Moisture Barrier
Cover the prepared floor with a moisture barrier. Lay the barrier from the roll onto the floor. Be sure to overlap the barrier by six inches as you cover the floor. The barrier should cover the entire floor.
Step 3 – Installing the First Row of Cork Planks
Determine the longest wall in the room where you are laying the cork flooring. Begin the installation process along the longest wall. Position spacers between the wall and the first row of planks. This space will provide a gap which will allow for any expansion in the flooring. Lay the planks with the tongue side facing the wall. Place the planks end to end and snap them together to secure them in place.
Step 4 – Installing the Second Row of Planks
Hold the planks for the second row at an angle. This will make the installation process easier. Snap the second row into the first row. Use your tapping blocks to ensure that the planks fit together tightly. Tap the block with your mallet. Be sure to position the rows so that the joints of the planks are staggered. Use planks from different boxes in order to maintain a varied floor color. Use your power saw to cut any planks that require an adjustment in length in order to fit into the row. Continue the installation process until you reach the final row of cork planks. Install the final row of planks, leaving spacers between the row and the wall.
Step 5 – Finishing the Floor
Use your vacuum to remove any dust and debris from the cork plank flooring. Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the floor sealer before you begin. Be sure to use a sealer that is designed specifically for cork floors. Use your 3/8-inch foam roller to apply the sealer over the planks in long, even strokes. Allow the sealer enough time to dry completely.
Step 6 – Installing Floor Molding
Install your molding along the base of the wall. The molding should be secured to the wall and not to the cork planks. Continue the process until the entire perimeter of the room is complete.