Bamboo Flooring Installation

Although there are some complaints about bamboo floors, the truth of the matter is that bamboo, in itself, is extremely durable however its lifespan and durability could be significantly affected by how it is installed. That being said, it is very important therefore to ensure that the bamboo flooring installation is done properly. You can hire a professional to do the job but you can also do it yourself, since this could save you tons of money from installation costs.

The Things You'll Need

The materials and tools you will need to install your bamboo flooring would depend on the method you will use—nail-down, glue-down, or floating. Obviously, the method you will use would also depend on the kind of bamboo flooring you will get. In any case, for nail-down installation, you will need a nail gun, some nails, and a nail application chart. For glue-down installation, you will need an adhesive trowel and flooring adhesive that's appropriate for bamboo. And if you will require floating installation, you will need a flooring underlayment (polyethylene foam), duct tape, and PVAC glue.

Tips to Keep in Mind Before Installation

Before you get down to business, you need to be aware of certain tips or guidelines first to ensure that you install your bamboo flooring correctly. First of all, you need to measure the room's floor area so that you will know how many boards or planks you should buy. Next, leave at least ¼" expansion space since the wood will expand, especially if placed in humid areas. Also, avoid exposing the bamboo flooring to direct sunlight since this will damage it. Leave the boards in the room for at least three full days (72 hours) to adjust to the room's temperature and humidity. Lastly, do not rush during installation. It pays to inspect the boards for any damage or dirt, and to carefully ensure that each board is installed securely in place to prevent moisture from seeping in.

Bamboo Flooring Installation Instructions

You can install your bamboo flooring using these methods:

  • Nail-down: This method is pretty much the same as the one used for installing hardwood flooring. You will need to fasten every 8" along the length of the board and about 2" of each end. Always monitor nail penetration because if not done right, it will result to noise and board surface bumps.
  • Glue-down: This method requires gluing the bamboo floor to the sub-floor, similar to that of a floor tile. Begin with the outer wall and then spread the adhesive to the surface of the board. Then, apply the adhesive on the sub-floor and place the bamboo boards/planks over it immediately.
  • Floating: Before anything else, you should know that not all bamboo flooring installation could be done with the use of the floating method. Basically, with this type of installation, the bamboo floor will only be attached to itself so it should be installed using underlayment. Glue together the tongue and groove joints of the wood, placing them over the underlay and then fitting planks together with the use of a duct tape.
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