Bamboos are one of the sturdiest and enduring woods that you can use especially when building a house.
It’s relatively cheap compared to other woods making it a go-to choice for builders on a budgetAnd most of all, it adds that rustic, cabin vibe in your home.
If you’re planning to install a bamboo flooring in your home, here’s an easy guide that you can follow from this article. Be sure to stick through the end and follow all the instructions well. Let’s begin!
Installing a Bamboo Flooring
Before you can install a bamboo flooring in your home, you have to assess the condition of your home first. It has to be compatible with the needs of having a bamboo floor. Check if your floor incurs excessive moisture or can possibly lack moisture on the other hand.
Although bamboos are sturdy and built to last, most commercial bamboo flooring was not designed as a solid wood flooring but it’s more of an assembled flooring which can’t take too much or lack moisture. You can pick an engineered bamboo wood so it can last you for a long time and you don’t have trouble installing it on your floor.
Two Different Methods on Installing a Bamboo Flooring
- Glueing it down
- You should apply this method usually when installing it on plywood and concrete-sub floors. You will need to use a moisture-resistant floor adhesive to attach the flooring.
- Wear your PPE to ensure safety before performing any task that involves sharp tools and other strong products.
- Read the packet instructions of the adhesive product before you begin so you’ll have an idea on how much you need for the overall flooring.
- Allow air to get inside the house so you have enough circulation to help the floor dry once you attach it to the floor.
- Apply the adhesive to the subfloor using a trowel and immediately attach the bamboo planks before the adhesive dries up. Make sure the grove is facing upwards in attaching it.
- It’s best to start from the walls then work your way towards the center. Spread the adhesive on the area where you can attach all the woods within 30 minutes. Do not do more than that since it can dry up.
- Clean any smeared adhesive on top of the bamboo plank so it doesn’t ruin the physical features of the floor.
- Blind nail the floor so it holds tight onto the adhesive. Once it’s strong enough, start applying a wet-lay, by putting an adhesive using a trowel and apply it onto the flooring and let it sit to cure.
- You can step or walk around the floor to put more pressure on the bamboo planks to stick well onto the flooring adhesive.
- Once it’s secured, you should leave it within 72 hours or more to ensure that the floors were installed properly.
- Check if all the floors were aligned properly before it hardens so you can still make some adjustments.
- Letting it float
- First, keep in mind that not all bamboo flooring can be installed by using this method. You have to ensure with the hardware store or your wood supplier if the bamboo flooring is ideal for floating.
- Pick engineered or cross ply bamboo flooring products that are compatible for this method. You should observe this before you proceed with installing onto the floor or it won’t be a successful flooring if you used a different type of bamboo flooring.
- To float the flooring, you will need to install it directly to the subfloor.
- You will need to glue the bamboo flooring’s tongues and groove joints altogether using an overlay.
- Begin from the first row of your flooring and then finish it off onto the walls.
- Apply a high quality of floor adhesive (should be heat and water resistant) onto the end joints.
- Then directly attach it onto the flooring. Make sure to apply glue on the planks’ sides as well.
- Fit the planks onto the floor and tap it nicely so it will be secured on the flooring.
- Repeat the same process for the rest of the bamboo planks. Always maintain proper alignment so you won’t have to redo your work and save time instead.
Important Things To Note
- It’s best to call for help with family members and close friends to help you do this job as efficient and fast as possible. If you have a friend that knows about flooring, then that’s better.
- If you’re not comfortable with installing the flooring on your own, you can always hire professionals to do so. This will save you from all the hassle and time that you need to spend on working the flooring. There will be lesser mistakes and adjustments especially if you get a good contractor. Just be ready to spend more than doing it yourself.
- When handling construction, always practice strict safety. Do not handle sharp tools without wearing gloves or protective equipment. Prevention is still better than cure.
- Free the workspace with any obstruction so you can move freely and finish the job faster. You can have your housemates or family to stay or rent nearby until you finish the project. This will also help you to install the flooring as sturdy as possible.
- It’s okay to incur mistakes along the way as long as you learn from it. Take note of those and do adjustments.