Installing Cork Floors

Bob confronts the remodeling challenge of choosing a flooring material that will deaden sound without sacrificing the sleek, clean look of tile or stone. So contractors install cork underlayment and click-together cork tiles.

Clip Summary

Bob considers several flooring options for the Miami condo remodel. In the end, Bob's choices are limited due to the apartment building's regulations. Project manager David Southard explains that the building's impact insulation class (IIC) all but rules out tile or hard-surface flooring.

Bob opts to use multi-layered cork flooring from Wicanders, which has cork faces, a fiberboard middle, and, on top, a protective finish.

Installed on top of cork underlayment (for extra insulation), the cork floor comes together easily, with the click-together cork tiles snugly connecting to each one another like puzzle pieces.