Harris Cork

FAQ’s

Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals.

prop 65 warning WARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/wood

Yes, they may be used as a decorative backsplash. Cork Wall Tiles should not, however, be used on vertical surfaces exposed to direct water such as showers or saunas.

Wall Tiles should be adhered to the wall using contact cement, which insures the tiles will stay flat against the wall. Using fasteners such as nails could allow for the tiles to sag or buckle away from the wall.

Harris Cork Wall Tiles should only be used as a decorative wall covering. The 1/8” thickness would allow pins to penetrate the wall below, and inserting pins into the tiles would damage the decorative wear layer.

Harris Cork does not recommend or warrant the use of our flooring for individual stair construction. Harris Cork offers a full line of complimentary-colored moldings including stairnose; however, these are specifically designed to transition the flooring at the top of a staircase or at a stepdown between rooms.

Yes, but you should take some precautions. Pet nails can cause cuts and scratches, so nails should be trimmed regularly, and it may be beneficial to use rugs/runners in your pets’ most heavily trafficked areas.

General maintenance consists of regular sweeping/vacuuming, along with the occasional use of a no-wax hardwood floor cleaner. Harris Cork recommends Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner or Roberts Laminate & Wood Floor Cleaner. Avoid water maintenance, steam cleaners and products that must be diluted.

All Harris Cork/LVC floors feature glueless locking systems, allowing for ease of installation and avoiding expensive adhesives. However, for commercial installations of Harris Cork LVC floors, it is recommended to perform a full spread glue down installation using Roberts R6300 Pressure Sensitive Adhesive.

All Harris Cork/LVC floors can be installed on any level of the home, on, above and below grade. Installations of standard Harris Cork floors over concrete slabs require the placement of 6mil polyethylene sheeting over the slab as a vapor barrier.

Harris Cork/LVC floors are manufactured and assembled in Portugal, where the Cork Oak is harvested. All of these floors are Greenguard Gold Certified, meeting the strictest indoor air quality standards for formaldehyde and chemical emissions.

No. All Harris Cork/LVC floors are intended for use only in structures that are climate controlled year round. The recommended environment is a temperature of 60-80 degrees and a relative humidity of 35-55%. In some geographic regions, this may require seasonal use of a humidifier/dehumidifier.

Yes. Floating floors may be installed over any flat, structurally sound substrate including most existing tile, as long as it is in good repair.

Standard Harris Cork floors have an integrated cork backing, so no additional pad is required with those products. However, if you wish to achieve higher sound ratings, you may install a single layer of any underlay pad designed for use in floating hardwood/laminate installations.

It is not recommended to use an underlay pad with Harris Cork LVC floors.

Yes. All Harris Cork/LVC floors are approved for use over radiant heated subfloors. The subfloor surface temperature should not exceed 82°. Always follow the instructions of the subfloor heating system manufacturer.

Your Harris Cork/LVC floor should be stored in the install area at normal expected living conditions for at least 48 hours prior to installation. Leave the flooring in its packaging until ready for install.

When installing a floating floor, all permanent fixtures must be installed first; lay the flooring around the cabinetry, leaving the required expansion space and cover it with quarter round or other decorative molding.

Standard Harris Cork floors are water resistant, but may be damaged by standing water such as leaks and unattended spills. Spills and casual water tracked in on the flooring should be wiped dry as they occur to avoid swelling and other damage to the surface and core.

Harris Cork LVC floors are waterproof and will not expand when exposed to water, making them excellent for low maintenance areas, laundry rooms and baths.

All standard Harris Cork floors are prefinished with a UV-cured urethane topcoat. No additional sealant is required or recommended for new floors. Older floors showing the effects of micro-cuts and scratches can have the sheen restored by having the floor professionally screened and recoated with additional urethane.

Harris Cork LVC floors feature a vinyl wear layer and do not require additional sealing or refinishing.

Standard Harris Cork floors are suitable for use in all interior areas of the home except for full bathrooms. Half-baths are approved. Due to elevated humidity levels and large swings in temperature and humidity, full-bath installations are not recommended for these products.

Harris Cork LVC (Luxury Vinyl Cork) floors are suitable for use in all areas of the home, including full bathrooms.

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