These tips will make your cork floor installation as smooth and easy as
Installing a new cork floor is a construction project. Some installation
materials produce strong odors, and some construction activities are noisy. If
you'll be living in your home while your new floor is being installed, plan
accordingly to minimize disruption. Keep in mind that for a period of time,
you won't be able to use the room receiving the new floor. It typically takes
three to four days to install a new floor, depending on subfloor conditions.
Before installation day, be sure that:
The installation site is completely enclosed, with outside windows, doors and
thresholds in place.
All wet processes (like drywall or plaster) are finished well before
Air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems are operable.
Electricity and water are directly available in the work area.
Any new, unfinished quarter-round or base molding that you're providing for
installation has been painted or stained. We recommend that you complete
painting or staining at least 24 hours prior to installation so the finish is
completelydry before installation begins.
For areas directly affected by the installation:
Cover the installation area's entryways and vents to contain dust and debris.
Create a clear path through your home for easy access to the installation area
and removal of debris.
Cover furniture and floors along this path and in areas adjacent to the
Remove all items from cabinets, entertainment centers, bookcases, closets and
Move all breakables, such as lamps, vases, mirrors, wall hangings, antiques or
other valuables, from areas affected by installation work.
Disconnect and remove all electronic equipment, including televisions, stereos
Remove all electrical wires running under carpets or along baseboards and door
Move furniture out of the room receiving the new floor. If you prefer, The
Home Depot can move furniture for you for an additional charge. Contact your
sales associate for details.
Your installation professional will obtain all necessary permits and licenses
before installation begins.
Early Delivery & Acclimation Period
Cork flooring material
needs to acclimate (adjust) to the moisture and temperature conditions of the
installation environment for at least three days (72 hours) before it can be
When the flooring material you ordered arrives at The Home Depot, we will
contact you to arrange a convenient delivery date, as well as an installation
date three or more days later.
On installation day, our licensed, insured installers will be on time,
courteous and efficient. They'll have the equipment they need, and they'll be
ready to install your new floor. You won't need to provide any special tools
or materials. Just meet these simple requirements:
Make certain to have an adult (over age 18) with the authority to make
installationdecisions on hand during the installation process.
Keep the temperature in the installation area between 60° and 80° Fahrenheit.
Keep children and pets away from the installation area.
That's it! We'll take care of the rest.
The moisture content of the installation site
is an important consideration for wood floors (cork floors). When The Home
Depot installation team initially measures and assesses your installation
site, they will also conduct the first moisture detection test**. On
installation day, they will conduct a second moisture detection test before
they begin the installation. For more information on what this means and how
it may affect your installation, see the Testing for Moisture Conditions
When the installation process is complete, our installation team will:
Clean the installation site.
Remove all installation-related debris.
Conduct a final inspection of your new floor and the installation site for
Provide you with warranty and care information for your new cork floor.
Unexpected Site Conditions
In almost all cases, the final
estimate you receive will accurately reflect the condition of the installation
site, and it won't be necessary to adjust cost or schedule. Occasionally,
however, we discover conditions (water or termite damage; electrical or
plumbing problems) during installation that must be addressed before we can
complete the installation. These conditions may require additional labor and
In most cases, The Home Depot installation team will be able to complete the
necessary work. Any additional charges, if applicable, will be added to your
installation cost, and the schedule will be adjusted accordingly.
If The Home Depot cannot supply the necessary labor, you may need to hire
another contractor to perform that portion of the work before we can complete
Wait for the Floor to Cure
Before you use the new floor or
move into the room, make sure the floor is completely cured. If adhesives were
used, do not walk on the floor for 24 hours after installation while the
adhesive cures. If you do, it will damage the installation, resulting in an
After the Floor Has Cured
Once your new floor has been
installed and cured, you should:
Change your air filters.
Complete any touchup painting required on walls, doors or trim.
Make sure all doors work properly. If your new floor is substantially thicker
than your old floor, your doors may no longer swing freely. You may need to
hire acarpenter to trim them or to install replacements.
Carefully move furniture and other items back into the room using the proper
moving equipment. Following manufacturer's guidelines, put appropriate
protectors on the feet of chairs, tables and other furniture to avoid damaging
your new floor.
Immediately begin proper care and maintenance. Always follow the
manufacturer's recommendations to maintain your warranty and keep your floor
looking its best.
If you have any questions about the installation process, we're ready to help.
Call your sales associate at The Home Depot store.
Testing for Moisture Conditions**
The moisture content of the installation site is an important consideration
for wood floors (cork floors). To ensure successful installation, The Home
Depot, in conjunction with major flooring manufacturers, has developed new
standards for moisture detection and measurement and for site acclimation:
Cork flooring materials must be stored in the installation environment to
acclimatefor three days (72 hours) prior to installation as required by the
The installation site's moisture levels will be measured twice**:
When the installation site is initially measured and inspected
the day the installation team arrives to install your new floor, before they
begin the installation
The results of these two tests may affect your installation in a variety of
Low moisture levels indicate that the installation may proceed as planned.
Moderately high moisture levels may indicate that a moisture barrier should be
installed, or that the flooring material should be stored for a longer period
to adjust more thoroughly to the site's conditions.
High moisture levels may indicate that cork floors should not be installed
under any circumstances. In this case, our flooring professionals will help
you understand the available options so you can select another flooring
material more suitable for your environment.
In all cases, The Home Depot follows the manufacturer's guidelines for the
specific flooring product.
How to Prevent Damage
Carefully move furniture and other items back into the room. Use the proper
moving equipment for heavy pieces.
Place rugs at all doors and on high-traffic paths.
Housetrain pets and regularly trim their nails.
Do not allow dirty or muddy shoes on the floor.
Never wet mop cork floors.
Avoid ultraviolet light damage by installing drapes or UV filters on windows.
Do not use sharp objects like wheels, high heels (especially damaged ones) or
silverware on the floor.
Keep colored liquids or markers away from the floor.
Regularly vacuum, dust and remove spots and spills to enhance the beauty and
life of your floor.
** When applicable. Not all regions require moisture testing. See store
associate for details.