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How to Install Cork Plank Flooring

Please read the General information section before installation.

Inspection:

  • Prior to installation, inspect cork planks in daylight for visible faults/damage.
  • Check if subfloor/site conditions comply with the specifications described in these instructions.
  • If you are not satisfied do not install, and contact your supplier

Tools and materials required:

  • Electric saw.
  • Expansion gap spacers.
  • Pencil.
  • Set square.
  • PE film or 6 Mil Poly Vapor Barrier Sheeting.
  • Adhesive tape.

Moisture Protection:

  • Lay the PE film or 6 mil poly vapor barrier sheeting, allowing for at least 20 cm (8”) overlapping and tape.
  • Turn the film upward 5 cm (2”) along the walls.
  • Trim after the skirting boards are fixed.

Before laying:

  • Measure the room at right angle to the direction of the planks.
  • Planks in the final row should be at least 5 cm wide.
  • For this purpose, planks in the first row can be cut to smaller size.
  • Shuffle planks in order to obtain a pleasant blend of shades.
  • Lay planks preferably following the direction of the main source of light.
  • We recommend laying on wooden floors crossways to the existing floorboard.
  • Planks must not be nailed or screwed to the subfloor.
  • Skirting boards must not be fixed in a way which restricts the movement of the floor.

Expansion gaps:

  • Provide 10 mm (3/8”) expansion gaps to the walls and other fixed objects.
  • Areas greater than 100 m² (900 sq. ft) or 10 m (30 feet) in either direction, transitions between rooms and asymmetrical areas require extra expansion gaps

Start Install:

step 1
  • Start in the corner.
  • Turn the tongue side of the plank to the wall.
  • Maintain a gap of 10 mm (3/8”) on the short side.
step 2
  • Hold the next cork floor plank at an angle against the first one and lay it flat on the floor.
  • Complete first row in the same way.
  • Cut final plank of the first row to correct length.
  • Start next row with the piece leftover (must be at least 300 mm (12’’) long)
  • Ensure that end joints are staggered at least 300 mm.
step 3
  • Place the first cork plank of the new row with the tongue side at an angle against the groove side of the plank in the previous row.
  • Press forward and lay it flat at the same time.
step 4
  • Place short end of the plank tiles at an angle against the previous installed plank and fold down.
  • Ensure that the plank is positioned on the integral locking strip of the plank in the previous row.
step 5
  • Lift planks (together with the previous laid in the same row) lightly up (about 30 mm (9/8’’)), push it against the row in front and then put it down.
  • Adjust the distance to the wall to 10mm (3/8’’) when three rows are completed.
  • Proceed installation as described above until reaching the opposite wall.