How to Lay Natural Cork Flooring How to Lay Natural Cork Flooring
Natural cork flooring is a popular floor covering choice for many home owners. This warm and beautiful flooring has many of the same features as hardwood flooring. Cork is available in a floating format that requires no nails or adhesive to secure it in place. The planks are secured into position using a tongue and groove system.
Step 1 – Preparing the Floor
Take all of the furniture out of the room you are working in. Carefully remove the trim with a pry bar, making sure not to cause any accidental damage to it, as you may want to use it later. Take out all of the floor vents, and pull up any carpeting and carpet padding from the floor. Remove any nails from the floor with a hammer or pliers. Use a broom and vacuum cleaner to remove any remaining dirt or debris from the floor space.
Step 2 – Preparing the Cork Flooring
Put the new cork flooring in the room where it is going to be installed. Leave the flooring in the room for about forty eight hours. This will allow the cork flooring to become acclimated to the moisture and temperature of the room.
Step 3 – Positioning Spacers
Place spacers around the perimeter of the floor. These spacers will give the cork flooring enough space to expand when the temperature in the room changes.
Step 4 – Laying the First Row of Planks
Determine the longest wall in the room. Install the first plank at the left end of the longest wall. Connect the next plank to the first one, fitting the tongue and groove together. Continue until you have finished the first row. Make any necessary cuts to the final plank in the first row so that it will fit properly.
Step 5 – Installing the Next Rows of Cork Planks
Install the next row of cork planks, making sure they fit together tightly. Stagger the planks so that they do not all line up in the exact same position. Staggering the planks will provide extra strength and visual appeal to the flooring. Continue laying the planks until you get to the final row.
Step 6 – Installing the Last Row of Cork Planks
You may need to cut the planks for the final row lengthwise in order to fit them into the remaining space. Be sure to use a straight edge to mark the planks. This will ensure that the planks will fit properly against the wall.
Step 7 – Finishing the Installation
Position the pieces of trim back into place. Secure the trim with a nail gun. Be sure to secure the nails to the wall and not to the floor. Be sure to install any necessary transition pieces between the cork flooring and the connecting rooms.