Laying cork flooring yourself: Preparation and instructions
Preparing the room
Experienced do-it-yourselfers know: Well prepared is half done. First examine the subfloor. Clean it thoroughly with a broom and hoover. This will help you to see if it is completely straight. Do you see dents or small irregularities? Then use levelling compound. It will run all by itself to create a perfectly even surface.
The next step is to lay a 0.2 millimetre thick PE film on the subfloor. The so-called "vapour barrier" is a must. It ensures that no residual moisture from the screed penetrates into the floor.
Floating installation of cork - the instructions
Step 1: Start in the right-hand corner of the room. Lay the first plank with the tongue side facing the wall. Look for a bulge to identify the tongue. The groove is a recess into which the tongue fits. (cf. illustration)
Step 2: Fix the plank with spacer wedges to both walls. The expansion gap should be 10 to 15 mm. You need this so that the cork floor can work. The natural material can expand or contract depending on the room climate.
Step 3: Click the second element into place with a little pressure at the head of the first. Make sure that both planks form an exactly straight line.
Step 4: You will most likely have to shorten the last part of the first row a little. Measure from the penultimate element to the wall and subtract the expansion distance from this length.
Step 5: Proceed sparingly: In the next row, start with the leftover piece from the first. Keep an offset of at least 40 cm. This provides the necessary stability. The offset is the distance between the ends of the adjacent boards. Angle the board lengthwise. Take another plank and place it lengthwise. Only then lock the end face. Again, make sure that the headboards are exactly flush.
Step 6: Follow steps 3 and 4 for the entire room. Cut the elements of the last row to fit again, with the expansion joint in mind.
Step 7: After installing the last plank, remove the spacer wedges.
Step 8: Now attach the skirting boards: You will find the right skirting board for every design in the HARO range. They are just as easy to fit as cork flooring. Read more: Skirting boards.