Laying Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is undoubtedly one of the best innovations in the flooring industry. With a material that is not only durable and beautiful, but also one that is friendly to the environment and easy on the pocket, you couldn't possibly ask for anything more. Unfortunately, people sometimes do not bother to give enough attention to the installation of their bamboo floors and as a result, their floors start to develop problems such as gaps, noise, and warping. If you want to get the most out of your bamboo floor, then you must exert some effort to learn the proper ways to set it up.

Preparation Before You Lay Bamboo Flooring

There is some preparation involved before laying bamboo flooring. For one, you need to allow your bamboo flooring materials to get used to the humidity levels and room temperature in the room where it will be installed. Acclimatization should take at least 3 days (72 hours), and if you are going to glue the boards then you need to allow the glue to acclimatize to the room as well. In addition, you also need to clean the floor where you will be laying bamboo flooring. This is because any trace of dirt, dust, and moisture can have a negative impact on the quality of the finished installation. Lastly, go over the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your bamboo flooring. There might be special directions that you need to follow during the installation process.

Laying Bamboo Flooring Over Plywood

When laying your bamboo flooring over a plywood sub-floor, make sure to lay a sheet of underlayment so that your floor will not squeak when you walk on it. Once done, place the first row of flooring over the underlayment and continue this step until you have created a row of bamboo flooring. Hammer them in place. Then, start the second row of bamboo flooring right next to the first row, and push them firmly against the first row so that they will be secured together tightly. Repeat the same steps over and over again until you have covered the entire area. Be careful in gluing the boards to avoid any mess and traces of glue on your floor.

Laying Bamboo Flooring Over Concrete

When laying bamboo flooring over a concrete sub-floor, it is recommended that you use a moisture barrier adhesive specifically made for wood flooring to ensure that moisture will not become an issue. Spread the adhesive on the sub-floor's surface using a square notched trowel. Before laying the materials, leave some gap of about ΒΌ inch between the wall and the floor. This gap will allow some space for expansion. Install bamboo flooring parallel with the room's longest wall since this enhances its appearance. When you begin laying the second row, cut off about 6 inches from the bamboo boards so that no two ends of adjacent rows will meet. And last but not the least; see to it that you match the tongue and groove in each row to create an even and properly installed floor.

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