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.