Though, Bamboo is a covering material produced from a type of grass, but it can mimic properties of hardwood flooring. It also offers various positive benefits of a hardwood floor. Bamboo is an attractive, affordable, durable, available in countless of shades and styles, and it’s grown and harvested in an environmentally responsible manner. Bamboo is preferred flooring choice for both residentially and commercially as it is suitable in all climatic conditions and extremely foot friendly in summers and winters.
Bamboo floor installation is not greatly different from hardwood flooring installation. In today’s market Bamboo is the most ideal flooring for any new construction home. Bamboo floors can be installed in three different ways-
- Nailed or Stapled Bamboo flooring
- Floating Bamboo floors
- Glue- Down Bamboo floors
Before installing Bamboo floors there are three things should be taken into consideration-
Choosing right bamboo flooring type-
While choosing bamboo floors you should consider grain of the bamboo, surface type, color staining and finishing’s applied to bamboo materials. It offers various patterns like natural, tiger stripped and carbonized type. Vertical, horizontal and Strand-woven grains are common in bamboo material. Surface textures are also important while choosing a bamboo floor; you can select either a smooth textured bamboo or a hand sculpted bamboo to be installed in your home.
Measuring the area-
Before you purchase, you should measure the surface accurately for an appropriate installation. Take measurements of room carefully and calculate the area accordingly. Purchase the material as per the requirements of area. After purchasing the stock, place it in the room or area for 36- 48 hrs to make the bamboo material adjust to room temperature and humidity.
Cleaning the surface-
Clean the surface area and underlayments properly and remove unwanted things on the floor and make the area ready for installation.
Method 1: Nailed or Stapled bamboo floors-
While installing bamboo floors using Nailed method we need some extra tools like, hardwood appropriate nail gun and a nail application chart. Installing Bamboo floors with nails and staples is a traditional method.
Firstly, Floor support beams should be marked with pencil in order to guide the installation, and the placing positions are also marked on felt paper with chalk lines. These markings are helpful to nail or staple to make connection with sub floor appropriately.
Now it is time to start laying starter rows in the area. Each and every board should be nailed at 8” and with and 2“gap between each end of the boards. After laying the rows each board should be nailed correctly with the proceeding boards by nailing above the tongue, with an exact angle of 45 degrees. By doing so, these nails will be hidden upon placing a new piece of flooring. Extra care should be taken while nail/staple penetration.
Method 2: Floating Bamboo floors-
Floating method is actually installing Bamboo floors over a type of underlayment by providing moisture protection and cushioning comfort while walking on the floor. Various types of underlayments are used for cushioning. This installation is preferred generally for concrete based sub floors and is recommended due to its ease of installation. It can also be installed right over the existing floors. A quarter inch shoe molding is required for expansion of gaps in between flooring.
Important precaution for this installation– No heavy appliances should be placed at least for 24 hours of installation.
Method 3: Glue Down Bamboo floors-
Gluing method involves applying adhesives directly to the sub floors. Urethane type of adhesives is recommended for gluing bamboo floors. . But you should avoid water based adhesives as this could ruin the floor permanently.
While you start installation, firstly you should apply adhesive to the floor and spread as much as you can, and make sure that you cover the floor boards on the adhesive within one hour of application. Once you done with covering of floor boards, place the bamboo planks on sub- floors. Make the grove facing towards the wall and aligned properly. After 30 minutes of installation, walk on floor and place weights on boundary line to ensure bonding with adhesive strongly. If any adhesive is get stained on surface try to clean it with damp cloth immediately.
Conclusion– Although bamboo floors are easily installed, we need to maintain it properly by avoiding scratches or any sharp objects. Make sure to trim your pet’s nails continually to prevent from scuffing. Screens are recommended for windows to avoid sunlight and to prevent color distortion of your flooring. A bamboo floor doesn’t require much effort in cleaning; it can be mopped using ordinary cleaning products to keep natural look and shine for ages.