How to Lay a Cork Floor Over Concrete

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Cork is a flooring material that has been growing in popularity in recent history and serves as a sustainable, energy efficient and anti-microbial alternative to hardwood flooring. The installation process of cork flooring is similar to hardwood in that it can be applied in one of two methods: glued tiles or floating tongue and groove without adhesive. Both methods are easy enough for almost anyone to successfully complete.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Utility razor knife
  • Rubber mallet
  • Framing square
  • Floor roller (optional)
  • Floor adhesive (optional)
  • Paint roller and pan (2)
  • Self-leveling compound (optional)
  • Clean any debris from the floor using the vacuum cleaner, as debris of any size can be felt through the finished cork. Apply the self-leveling floor compound to any chips, cracks or uneven areas. Follow application instructions on compound packaging.

  • Loosely (without adhesive) lay out the cork tiles to determine the pattern you wish to achieve.

  • Snap together the first row of tiles tongue-side out, spacing them about a 1/4 inch away from the wall to allow for expansion. If not using floating tiles (glue-less tiles), apply cork flooring adhesive according to the directions on the adhesive packaging.

  • Continue to set the rest of the cork tiles across the floor to the opposite wall, using a rubber mallet (if necessary) to ensure a tight fit between tiles and applying cork floor adhesive as directed (if using adhesive). If you need a partial tile to fit against a wall or tight space, you can cut the cork using the razor knife, and framing square for straight, square cuts. If you are using adhesive, you will use the floor roller (rolling from the wall-side of the tile to the open edge) to ensure that no air bubbles are left between glue layers.

  • Carefully pour the urethane floor sealer into the paint roller pan (avoid splashing) and soak the paint roller. Apply the sealer to the floor, starting in the opposite corner from the room exit. Coat the floor in straight rows and do not leave puddles. Allow sealer to dry and apply additional coats as directed on sealer packaging.

References

  • The Flooring Handbook: The Complete Guide to Choosing and Installing Floors;" Dennis Jeffries; 2004
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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