Installing Cork Underlayment Installing Cork Underlayment

What You'll Need
Cork underlayment tiles or sheets
Utility knife
Heavy roller

Cork underlayment is an ideal choice for many applications since it is highly durable. It is resistant to mildew and can also act as a powerful insulator against sound. It is also easy to install, even for people who have very little experience with DIY home improvement. It is also environmentally friendly. Installing cork underlayment is a far easier job than installing most other underlayment solutions, and there is certainly no need to pay someone to do the job for you. Installing cork underlayment for an average sized room can easily be done in an afternoon once the necessary preparations have been made.

Step 1 – Prepare the Cork

The cork sheets should be allowed an adequate amount of time to acclimatize to their new surroundings. Do not install them until they have been in the room that they are to be installed in for at least 3 days. This will allow them to adapt to the room's various temperatures without shrinking or becoming warped after they have been installed.

Step 2 – Prepare the Surface

To ensure proper and successful installation, the surface of the floor needs to be completely clean and level. Any loose materials should be removed, and any cracks or holes in the floor should be patched up. Ensure that the surface is perfectly smooth, clean and level before attempting to install the underlayment. Any contaminants, such as oil or grease stains, should also be cleaned from the floor as well.

Step 3 – Install the Cork Underlayment

Apply the first set of cork tiles around the perimeter of the room. It is essential to use the correct type of adhesive to fix them in place. Under no circumstances should anything such as nails, staples or screws be used for this job. You should be able to find an appropriate urethane or acrylic mastic adhesive in any home improvement store. Apply the first sections of the underlayment around the complete perimeter of the room. If you need to cut the cork tiles, do so with a sharp utility knife on a smooth, flat surface. Be sure to take down the measurements carefully. This first part of the installation will also act as an isolation barrier for installing the rest of the underlayment.

Step 4 – Install the Rest of the Underlayment

Install the rest of the cork underlayment, working from the isolation barrier that you installed in the previous step. Cut the cork sheeting to the desired length, and make sure that the edges of it are butted up against the isolation barrier. Apply the adhesive evenly and thoroughly onto the floor. The curve of the end of the cork sheeting should reach in towards the edge, but it should also be flattened down smoothly. To make sure that the surface is flat, use a heavy roller weighing 100 pounds or more. Make sure that there are no gaps before fixing the cork sheeting in place. Finally, allow the cork a couple of days to fully adhere to the surface before installing the final surface.

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