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How to lay cork floors correctly - tips and advice

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With heat-insulating and sound-absorbing cork floors made of pre-finished cork parquet or adhesive cork, the living area becomes really cozy.

Read here the tips and tricks you can use to lay both cork cards correctly!

Preparing the laying of cork parquet

1. First remove the unevenness of the sub-floor with a quick-drying leveling compound.
2. Apply a more than 0.2 mm thick PE film to cement screed floors to protect against rising damp.
3. If even carpets, wooden floors, chipboard floors, PVC or linoleum form the subsurface, pre-finished cork parquet can be laid immediately.
4. So that you can acclimatize, keep the cork elements still in the box in the appropriate room 48 hours before they are installed.
5. A room air temperature of 15 to 20 ° Celsius and a relative humidity of around 50 to 60% form the ideal climatic conditions for cork. To avoid cracking, underfloor heating should never heat the floor above 28 degrees Celsius.

Lay cork parquet

1. It is important to plan the space precisely, taking into account the dimensions of the individual cork elements. The cork panels on the left and right edge of the room should have the same width. If necessary, adjust the dimensions with a suitable saw.
2. Prefabricated cork parquet is to be laid floating. For this, plan expansion joints that are 8 to 10 mm away from walls, corners, edges and pillars.
3. In the case of walls that are not in alignment, a ledge can provide orientation.
4. Lay the cork panels in the laying direction from left to right. The tongue of the first cork element should point towards the wall! Use wooden wedges to ensure that the necessary distance to the wall is maintained.
5. Snap the transverse edge of the cork element into the groove of the second panel with a tongue that is slightly inclined. Make sure that the two panels are joined together seamlessly.
6. When the first row is fully assembled, secure the front sides against movement with the help of wooden wedges!
7. Lay a leftover piece of ½, 1/3, but at least 30 cm in length as the first tile of the second row.
8. Now first apply the long side and then join the short side with the short side. From row 4 or 5 the orientation bar can be put aside. The laying rows must then be directed towards the wall.
9. When the last row is finally reached, the adapted panels are pulled onto the penultimate row by means of a pull bar. Please also think of the expansion joints here!
10. Now remove the dust from the cork surface that has already been laid. Depending on the degree of use, the cork surface should be sealed with an environmentally friendly cork varnish or hard wax oil. Even if the pre-sealed cork parquet is already pre-sealed, it is advisable to seal it again. Observe the manufacturer's instructions for the sealing liquid. A corresponding roller set helps with application.
11. When the seal is dry, all that is missing are the pre-sealed skirting boards, after which the cork floor will shine in full shine.

Preparing the laying of adhesive cork

1. Remove any unevenness in the sub-floor from the screed, tiles or hot asphalt with a special leveling compound. Use universal primer on wooden panels, chipboard, absorbent cement screeds, anhydrite screeds or terrazzo.
2. For acclimatization, store the cork elements in the box in the appropriate room for 48 hours before laying them.
3. The room climate recommendations of 15 - 20 degrees Celsius and a relative humidity of around 50 - 60% as well as a floor temperature of no more than 28 degrees for underfloor heating apply here as well.

Lay adhesive cork

1. First, lightly sand the laying surface to remove trowel marks.
2. Paint the dust-free floor with universal primer.
3. After drying, apply the adhesive with a suitable roller.
4. Let the glue dry for 30 to 60 minutes until it is transparent.
5. Now lay the pre-glued adhesive cork panels within 4 hours. If necessary, make corrections, then tap the cork plates using a hammer with a rubber block and a hammer.
6. If necessary, cut the cork cleanly at the edges with a cutter.
7. Now clean the cleanly laid surface from dust. Use an environmentally friendly cork varnish or hard wax oil for the seal, depending on the requirements and the degree of stress on the cork surface, while observing the manufacturer's instructions. Post-sealing is also recommended for pre-sealed adhesive cork panels. Use a suitable roller set for sealing.
8. In the last step after drying, only attach the pre-sealed skirting boards and thus complete the adhesive cork floor.