Cork Laminate Flooring
Installation Instructions

Installing laminate
cork floor instructions.

Cork Laminate
Flooring Installation

Cork Laminate Flooring

Cork Laminate

Cork Laminate floating
flooring is a very attractive
product in both appearance
and price, and comes in 40
different colors, and shapes.

Cork flooring uses a snap
together method.

A cork laminate floor is a
durable, warm, sound
absorbing and a comfortable

Warmer than regular hard
laminate floors,
but not as warm as rug.

The cork planks are insect
resistant, insulating,
anti-allergen and made of
real cork.

The surface is covered
with a durable clear plastic
film for long wear and
easy care.

Cork Laminate flooring
can be installed over wood
floors, vinyl linoleum, tile
and concrete.

Cork laminate flooring is
a floating surface and
requires no glue, heat,
nails or floor adhesive.
Basically non odour.

To secure it into place,
all that is required are
the engineered locking
tongue-and-groove strips
already built into
the product.

Cork Laminate
Flooring Installation

Read all the steps before
you start installing as the
instructions are not listed
in order.

Measure the width and
length of the room
in feet. Multiply the two
measurements and add
about 10 percent more
to those figures to
account for wasted end
cuts and errors.

This is the square footage
you will need.

There are 8 planks per
box, each approximately
5.5 inches by 36 inches
which works out to about
13.75 square feet per box.

Check with your supplier
as some patterns may
have variances in square
feet per box.

Cork laminate flooring can
be applied over any smooth,
level surface.

Do not install this flooring
over a surface that is very

The planks are fairly stiff,
as you walk on them they
could flex and over time
a seam may open up.

Remove humps and fill
any dips in the floor.

Decide which way you
want the planks to go,
either width-wise or
length-wise to the room.

Remove carpet and
baseboards, thoroughly
vacuum the complete room
and area where you will
be laying the planks.

When using the pry bar
to remove the baseboards,
place a small piece of lumber
between the wall and
baseboards to pry against,
this help preventing
damage to the wall.

Cleanliness is a top priority,
as any tiny pieces or
debris could ruin your job,
resulting in bumps in the
finished flooring connecting

Useful Tools.

A measuring tape, pencil,
utility knife, 12 inch
square, pry-bar, wooden
mallet, air-powered stapler,
air-powered brad mailer,
chop saw with a 10 inch 80
tooth blade, hack saw,
table saw or a fine tooth
handsaw. A jig saw is really
handy to cut the laminate for
the heat registers.

Flooring Tools

Cover the bare surface of
the floor with 6 miL plastic
sheeting, this allows the
flooring to move as it
expands and contracts with
changes in temperature.

Use the stapler with 1/4 inch
staples, to tack down the
outer edges of the plastic

Tack at 18 inch intervals.

Where plastic sheets overlap,
join together with Tuck Tape.

When starting the cork floor,
You must start along one
wall and work across the
room as you cannot start
in the center of the room
and work outward both
ways from the center.


Measure from starting wall
to finish wall and divide
measurement by width
of plank to determine the
width of the final row.

If this row will end up being
less than half a plank width,
remove some of width of
the first row to adjust the
final row accordingly.

This will avoid the use of
a very narrow final strip,
which is awkward to install.

Make all measurements
using the top cork surface
rather than the protruding
locking edges.

Lay the planks out with
the tongue
(shorter built-in connector)
strip facing the starting
wall and the groove
(longer built-in connector)
strip facing away from so
that the tongue connector
strip of the following row
overlaps and
will click into place.


Leave at least a 3/8 inch
space between the flooring
and the wall, the baseboards
will cover this gap.

This space allows for
expansions and contractions
of the cork flooring.

Nail three or four 3/8 inch
thick shims to the entire starting
wall as guides, Leave the
nail head protruding
1/4 inch for easy removal
when you are finished
laying the flooring.

Shims on wall.

Lay the full row where they
will go without clicking
into place, measure the
end plank and determine
where to cut.

Mark the edge with a
pencil, turn over, use
the square and mark
the underside of the cork.

Place the plank underside
up onto the chop saw,
lower the blade to match
it to the pencil line,
then make the cut.

To click the planks
together, lower the plank
into place, hold the plank
in front of you at an
approximate 20 degree
angle, click into place
using downward pressure
without forcing.

Use a small block of
wood, and mallet to
gently tap the laminate
into place.

Be careful not to
damage the edge.

Do not try to force the
joints with a mallet,
this can result in rolled
edges of the planks edge.

Measure and cut for
a perfect fit around
doorways, as there will
be no baseboards
to cover these edges.

If there are very small
pieces involved, glue
them into place.

An Oak transition
strip is a good choice for
doorways between rooms
as it is very durable.

When laying the planks,
use alternating planks
from three different
boxes to even out any
variation in color
or texture.

Stagger each row so no
two-end joints line up.

When using a cut plank,
do not discard the
unused end as you
may be able
to use it to start or finish
another row or
use in another room.

This helps avoid waste.

Place the boxes of planks
48 hours in the same
room where they will
be installed.

this gives the planks time
to adjust to the same
temperature as the room.

From the point of view
of a woman, if you are
helping with the project
have the supper
prepared ahead of time.

This way when the job
is finished you will only
have to heat up the
supper and not deal
with the preparation
of a complete supper,
then everyone can relax.

Another option is to
have the meal brought
in, or go out for supper.

Cork Laminate
Flooring Installation

Nail baseboards to the wall
studs, not to the cork
Use knee pads to prevent
sore knees.

Use eye protection, and
hearing protection
while running the saw.

Avoid direct sunlight on
cork flooring for prolonged
periods of time and move
rugs around to prevent
uneven coloring in the

Keep an extra carton of
cork laminate stored
away in a dry location.
In the event that you
have to replace a
damaged plank you will
have the exact cork
laminate plank to match.

Avoid sliding tools,
boxes and sharp furniture
over the surface of the
cork laminate flooring
to prevent damage to
the surface, or scuffing.

Cork laminate flooring
is for interior use only.

In a basement, do not
place laminate over a
damp concrete floor,
mold could grow below
the plastic sheeting.

Only place laminate
over dry concrete where
you have had no
moisture problems before.

Even if there appears to
be no dampness, treat
the concrete with an
anti-fungal product,
and seal coat.

If you suspect moisture on
a basement floor, do this
test, lay a 6 by 6 inch piece
of poly film on the surface
of the concrete.
Tape around the edges, and
Leave in place for 72
Look for condensation
on the underside of the
poly film.

Install floor protection felt
pads on all furniture
feet to prevent scuffing and

Avoid casters, as these
will scuff the surface,
use coasters with felt bottoms
under the caster.

Trim pet claws regularly
to prevent scratches.

Do not wax as this will
cause dirt build-up,
and yellowing over time.

Finished room

Cork flooring

Cork flooring is most
popular in Southern Europe,
Cork flooring is manufactured
in Portugal.

Cork is harvested from
the trees in nine-year

The trees must be at
least 25 years old before
they are harvested.

When the cork oak is
harvested by hand,
the bark of the cork
tree grows back, the
tree health is


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