Cork flooring is quick and easy to install. You can choose either a floating floor, which is not glued or nailed to the subfloor, or cork tiles, which are glued down to the subfloor. Floating floors are made to click and lock together for a quick and easy, no-mess installation. Adhered tiles are secured in place with an adhesive.
Typically, the shape of the subfloor is the deciding factor between a floating floor and glue down cork tiles. If the subfloor is cracked and in poor condition, or if it is unlevel, has old vinyl tiles or sheeting, or is grimy or dirty, then floating floors are recommended. The use of a floating floor over poor subfloors avoids costly subfloor repairs, as long as the floor is reasonably level. In addition, if there is any risk of moisture migration from a concrete slab, we recommend installing a moisture barrier before installing your floating floor. Adhered cork tiles can be used over wood or concrete subfloors, which are dry, clean and free of dirt, grease, wax or anything that would hinder a good bond. Make sure any subfloor cracks have been properly filled.
Rather than being nailed or glued to a concrete or plywood subfloor, floating floors sit on top of your subfloor. This type of flooring typically takes less time to put in and can be installed over slight inconsistencies in your subfloor. Glue down cork tiles need more time to install, due to the use of adhesive, and require a smooth subfloor or inconsistencies will be visible. Both flooring options are great choices, but your subfloor condition and your timeline will determine the flooring that best suits your project.