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Installing Cork Flooring

Simple Instructions on Installing Cork Flooring at Home

The material used in cork flooring is made from the bark of the Cork Oak tree. However, the tree is not harmed in this process. This type of flooring is a sustainable resource. This section gives more information about cork flooring and how to install it.
Rimlee Bhuyan
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2018
Bedroom With Double Bed
Remodeling any part of your house can seem like a daunting proposition, especially if you are on a budget. Flooring makes a big difference in the overall decor of any house, but it can, however, turn out to be very expensive.
Interior of Bedroom
An option that is durable yet stylish, chic yet cozy, and mainly environment-friendly as well as inexpensive, is cork flooring. It is very easy to install and clean. It is available in planks or tiles which can be glued to the existing floor.
These floors are scratch resistant, insulating, flame retardant, resistant to mold and mildew (when not installed in a bathroom or other moist places), and have natural sound and impact absorbing properties. The durability of cork flooring is quite high, and these are as easy to install as hardwood flooring.
Steps to Install
In advance, plan, how you are going to start the project and gather the required material. Tiles are relatively easy to install. Firstly measure the dimensions of the room and calculate the number of tiles you will need. You may have to cut some tiles to fit the dimensions of the floor. Get some extra tiles in case you damage any while cutting or installing.
For a seamless installation, you need to have a perfectly leveled sub-floor. The tiles have to be glued on to a flat and smooth surface for it to have an even, finished look. You cannot install this floor over vinyl flooring, linoleum flooring or plank flooring. You can, however, glue these tiles over smooth, dirt free concrete that has an even surface.
In case you have an existing flooring system like linoleum or vinyl, you need to remove it and screw on a plywood under layment that is at least ΒΌ inch in thickness. Once you are done with installing an even sub-floor, apply an adhesive on the back of the tiles and place them on the floor.
It is best to divide a rectangular room into four quadrants and start laying the tiles in each of them one by one. When you are done with one quadrant, you can proceed to the next. Let the tiles dry for at least 30 minutes, and then tap each one with a rubber mallet so that it sticks to the surface.
Once a tile is pressed down on the sub-floor, you will not be able to budge it from its position, so make sure that you lay it correctly. You do not need to sandpaper the floor to give it a proper finish.
The installation of this flooring is quite easy, does not take more than a few hours, and does not require much upkeep either. Cork kitchen flooring is a popular choice among interior designers.