Installing Wicanders Cork Oak Floors

13 10 2008

Installers! Soon there will be a section on our blog just for you…

Thank you for your questions and feedback. We are in the process of putting together an Installation FAQ’s section, which will be featured right here on our blog.

In the meantime, we thought we would share a video of DYI guru Bob Villa installing our Wicanders cork oak floors at a Miami Beach condo.

As stated on his website, “Bob looks at flooring options that included grinding and polishing the cement floors for a loft look, or ceramic Cuban tile, but the sound factor made both impossible. David Southard of DS WoodWorks explains that the building’s impact insulation class or IIC made using tile or hard-surface flooring difficult. To tile the floor would mean more than one inch of cork and plywood underneath and shaving all the doors. So, Bob opted for cork flooring from Wicanders, which is multi-layered with cork faces, a fiberboard middle, and a protective finish on top. Installed on top of cork underlayment for extra insulation, the cork floor is very soft underfoot and quiet. Installation is easy with an angle-to-angle fit. The planks are installed like puzzle pieces then tapped into place for a snap-together fit.”

Watch the video…

And if you have an installation question you would like answered in the meantime, please leave us a comment right here and we’ll be sure to post an answer. We always love hearing from you!

Team Wicanders

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5 responses

27 10 2008
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22 08 2009
Elizabeth McPherson

We are presently installing Wicander floating cork flooring.Should the seams be offset?

22 08 2009
Team Wicanders

Hi Elizabeth,
Yes, the seams should be offset for better stability
If you need anything else, we are here to help.

2 02 2011

Hello… I purchased in 2006 Series 1000 accent colour…1200 sq. feet in my basement. There was recently an accident where water went under the cork and was not found for 3 weeks…. I will be replacing my entire floor with the same but in a chestnut floor. I was hoping for the overall cork look but it seems to have these rectangles lines in it…is this typical for the Identity 1000 series in the chestnut. Also previously I did notice some of the seams were a little raised and were rather noticeable in some areas…what can I do this time to prevent. what vapor barrie should be purchased. I am a little of a perfectionist and want this done perfectly…. Thanks…. I understand the sheen has changed as well….

22 02 2011

This is a great read! I read some of the health benefits posted on this site- learned quite a bit. Cork is indeed becoming a top choice for the every day home owner. I was referred to a friend about this stuff- he recently had his whole living room and basement done by TORLYS. He’s a drummer, and said he actually noticed a big difference in volume. Apparently it does quite a good job at sound proofing the house- who would’ve thought 🙂

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