How To Install Cork Floor Transitions And Trims
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Install transitions and trim to hide all expansion/contraction spacing and put the finishing touches on your room.
- T–Molding – For transitions between cork floors and interior/exterior doorways and
transitions between similar
height flooring surfaces.
- Reducer (Flush or Overlap) – For transitions between cork floors and lower height flooring
surfaces (such as carpeting,
vinyl or tile/stone).
- End Molding/Square Nose/Universal Edge – For transitions between cork floors and similar height
floors, such as carpet.
End molding can also be used for outside threshold transitions and around brickwork.
- Floor Vents – Vent covers designed to coordinate with your cork floor.
Cork transitions are installed with adhesive (most common) or using trim tracks.
Trim any plastic sheeting and install all wall base, shoe base and quarter round to hide the expansion spacing around the
perimeter of the room. Do NOT
glue the trim to the subfloor. Always glue to the wall and nail at an angle every 16". Caulk significant gaps between
the trim and the wall.
Caulk the Floor
Use flexible, mildew resistant silicone caulk to seal area where the trim meets the wall around all bathtubs, showers and
other wet areas. This ensures
that if water drips down the wall, it will not leak behind the trim to the subfloor.
Special Circumstance Areas
You may have to install your cork flooring in a variety of special circumstance areas such as:
- Around Fireplaces/Brickwork – You have two options:
- Undercut the brickwork and install the cork flooring underneath. The brickwork will cover all expansion spacing.
- Install the cork flooring flush with brickwork and use end molding to hide the expansion/contraction spacing.
- On Stairs – Cork flooring should NOT be installed on stairs for safety reasons.
For more detailed information about installing cork in these areas, see the full Installing Cork Flooring
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