Tips on Bamboo Flooring Installation
Acclimate Before Installing
Before installing any high quality bamboo flooring products, you first need to acclimate the floor boards. These boards need to be left in the room in which they will be installed for the next few days to help them get used to the climate. Changes in temperature and humidity can expand, shrink and eventually warp the floor boards if they are installed in a new environment immediately. Leaving these floor boards untouched for a few days in the room allows them expand or contract to the size they will normally be in that particular environment.
Choose Between Nailing, Gluing or Click-on Methods
Bamboo flooring is most often nailed or glued to the subfloor. The subfloor includes wood, plywood and concrete. Nailing requires a wood subflooring, while gluing allows for more versatility that includes concrete. Gluing should use the highest quality adhesive, as water-based glues can damage bamboo fibers. Both nailing and gluing should be methods used by professionals only. It is easy to mess up when installing a bamboo floor by nailing and gluing yourself. Using a professional usually means you have a guarantee for a quality standard. Click-on flooring requires no gluing or nailing, and it’s the ideal choice for a DIY project. The planks are designed with cuts and grooves that click together on the subfloor.
Decide Whether You Want Finished or Unfinished Flooring
Finished bamboo flooring means it is stained or lacquered. Make sure the planks are properly sanded. Lacquers need to be made from a bio-friendly aluminum oxide or water-based polyurethane. Bamboo floor care for both requires a damp (not wet) mop and a mild soap.