How to Install Cork Flooring


Although cork may not be what first comes to mind when you think of flooring, this choice comes with some great benefits! Our cork options come with a 25 year warranty, just like many traditional hardwoods! There are many colors and patterns to choose from. Cork is naturally cushioned and resilient. This can relieve stress in the back and legs when standing! Warm in the winter, cool in the summer – your cork floor will take on the temperature of the room it’s in! The honeycomb cell structure of the bark gives it a sound deadening quality, between rooms and floors. Just sweep and spot clean for easy maintenance.

Lisbon Cork Barcelos

Our Lisbon Cork floors come with a click installation and are laid as floating floors. Here’s what you need to know:


Before you begin installation, store the planks at room temperature for at least 48 hours, still in the packaging. Do not remove the plastic wrapping until you are ready to install the floor. The room temperature must be at least 65 degrees F before and during installation.

Subfloor Requirements

Cork floating floors can be laid on top of most hard surfaces such as wood flooring and ceramic tile. Soft floors such as carpets must be removed. The subfloor must be even, flat and dry, and variations must not exceed 0.12″ in 6.6 feet. All surfaces (concrete, wood, ceramic, etc.) must be completely dry. All types of concrete subfloors require insulation against moisture. Use a PE moisture barrier film with a minimum thickness of 0.2 mm. The manufacturer recommends laying two layers cross-ways for better moisture protection.

Expansion Gaps

Cork flooring is installed as a floating floor. The planks should NOT be fixed to the subfloor. Leave a 10mm (3/8″?) expansion gap at the walls and other fixed objects to allow for expansion and contraction.

Moisture Protection

Lay the PE film allowing for at least 20cm (8″) overlapping and tape. Turn the film upward 5 cm (2″) along the walls. Trim after the skirting boards are fixed.

Tools and Materials You Need:

  • Padsaw or a fine toothed handsaw
  • Space blocks
  • Pencil
  • Set square
  • Moisture barrier
  • Adhesive tape

The First Three Rows:

  1. Start laying in the righthand corner. Turn the tongue side of the plank facing the wall. Maintain a gap of 10mm (3/8″) on the short side. Adjust the lengthways gap from the wall once three (3) rows of planks have been laid.
  2. Hold the next plank at an angle agains the first and lay it flaw on the floor. Complete the first row in the same way.
  3. Cut the final plank of the first row to the correct length. Start the next row with the leftover piece (must be at least 300mm or 12″? long). Always ensure that the end joints are staggered at least 300mm (12″).
  4. Place the first 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.
  5. Place the short end of the board at an angle against the previous installed board and fold down. Ensure the board is positioned on the integral locking strip of the board in the previous row.
  6. Lift board together with the previous laid in the same row lightly up (about 30mm) and push it against the row in front, then put it down.
  7. Adjust the distance to the wall to 10mm (3/8″) when three rows are completed. Proceed the installation as described above until reaching the opposite wall.
  8. Last Row

  9. Measure and cut the planks in the last row to size. Allow for a 10mm (3/8″) distance to the wall.
  10. Door Frames

  11. Use a piece of plank to obtain the correct height. Saw the door frame to the required height allowing for 2mm (0.12″) of space to the planks.

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Questions? Check with our Tech & Install team at 800-366-4204!


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