Installing Bamboo Flooring

The term, "green building" refers to the structure and process of utilizing resource-efficient and environmentally friendly models in every aspect involved in building construction, such as design, renovation, operation, and maintenance. One of the materials considered as key players in the drive to promote green building, is bamboo flooring, which is made from bamboo, a highly renewable resource. Studies show that bamboo will continue to grow on its own even after its stalk had been cut. Another reason why it is considered "green" is that this grass grows really fast and matures in as early as 3 years. Compared to other hardwood materials, such as oak and mahogany that take at least 50 years to mature, bamboo is an excellent choice for flooring because it does not pose any danger to the environment. If you are thinking of using bamboo flooring, you should install it properly so that it will remain beautiful for many, many years.

What You Need to Do Prior to Installation

Before installing bamboo flooring, there are things that must be done. First, you need to leave the bamboo planks or boards in the room where you intend to put it, so that it can acclimate to its temperature. The minimum time required for this is 72 hours (3 days) so never be in a hurry to install your bamboo flooring. If you do not allow sufficient time for the bamboo flooring to adapt, it might not be able to adjust to the room's temperature and humidity, which could result to warping. Another thing you ought to know prior to installation is that there are three methods that you can choose from in laying your bamboo boards in place. These are: nail-down, glue-down and floating methods. The type of sub-floor that you have, as well the bamboo flooring style, usually determines which method you need to use.

Installing Bamboo Flooring: Nail-Down vs Glue-Down

When it comes to installing bamboo flooring, it seems that the popular choice is still the nail-down method. With this method, thick bamboo floors are secured in place using nails but keep in mind that when you use this method, it can be time-consuming and will also take a lot of effort on your part. Glue-down method, on the other hand, will require you to spread glue on the sub-floor and then slide the bamboo flooring into place. For this method, it is very important that you choose the right kind of glue and ensure the sub-floor and the boards are thoroughly cleaned, otherwise, it will only ruin the whole thing.

Installing Floating Bamboo Flooring

Most DIY flooring installation projects use the floating method. Otherwise known as the click-on method, you do not need to use nails and glues to set up your flooring. Basically, you will only fit the boards together until you reach the other end of the wall. The only issue with floating method is that not all types of flooring can be installed through it. Before you use this method, however, make sure you follow instructions provided by the manufacturer so you won't encounter problems along the way.

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