Installing a bamboo floorMore and more often, bamboo flooring is used to replace hardwood flooring. Not only that they are easy to install, but also they are versatile and eco-friendly. There are many types of bamboo flooring.
- First of all you will need to know how many square feet of bamboo flooring you will need. To do so you measure the room where you will install the flooring. Buy 10% more flooring to be sure you have enough.
- Remove everything from the room. Remove furniture, rags, carpets, doors.
- Now it’s time to prepare the underlying surface. Screw any loose boards to the joists and level the ground with leveling compound.
- Bring the bamboo boxes into the room and open them. Now you should let them acclimate for 3 days. Let them have some air. It’s very important that you do so.
Layout and installation
- Determine how do you want to install the boards. If you have a long room, it’s popular to have the floor run the length of the room. If you have room with big windows, then put the boards parallel to the sun.
- Now determine how many entire boards will fit on the width of the room and how many spaces will need to be covered by partial boards. Measure the width. Try to have the same measure on the partial boards on both side of the room.
- Now install the underlay, and try no to overlap the strips. This will help reduce noise when you walk on the floor.
- Now follow the instructions of the manufacturer. The installation may need some nailing or just glue. Sometimes only the first rows need to be nailed and then the others will be fixed with a hardwood hammer.
- Examine each board for imperfections before you install it.
- After the installation, be careful to take care of the floor.