When installing cork underlayment, the base materials and the type of flooring will guide how it is installed. You should also consult the manufacturer to see what they recommend.
We recently completed this installation of cork with floating engineered wood flooring. And consider it one of the easiest ways of installing cork underlayment and flooring. No nailing or gluing is required.
Cork will shrink and expand with changing temperature and humidity (below 35% and above 65% RH). Move your cork into the space you will be installing at least 48 hours before installation. This allows the cork to adjust to the proper indoor humidity level.
Cork underlayment comes in sheets or rolls. There are pros and cons to each. View the website article for a breakdown of each.
Cork underlay is generally compatible with any water-based construction or wood underlayment glue. (Although we prefer a floating installation) View the website article for details.
Cork is a water-resistant material. However, it’s not a moisture-proof material. If installed in a basement it should float and not be glued down. View website article for more.