Bamboo flooring has certainly become one of the trendiest ideas in flooring these days. It is a sleek, sophisticated, and eco-friendly flooring option
. As with other types of high-quality wooden flooring, bamboo flooring provides an amazing finish to a living space.
Bamboo wood flooring is produced from the bamboo plant, which grows very fast, and is actually a grass. Aesthetically pleasing and high on durability, bamboo flooring is available as laminated strips and planks. It is also available in various grades, depending on environmental factors like the harvesting time, rain, and age. These and various other elements affect the quality and hardness of the material. Since it undergoes treatment during the manufacturing process, it is not susceptible to ants or termites. Plus, it is easy to clean, slip-resistant, and warp-proof.
Bamboo Flooring Samples
You get bamboo wood flooring in a wide variety of finishes, from dark caramel shades to light hues. The carbonizing carried out during the process of pressure steaming is what creates the darker shades. Staining is not needed during refinishing because of the color being integral to the carbonized boards.
Some manufacturers also create flooring in various other colors like orange, green, and blue, which may result in more cost, but give you trendier designing options. But natural wood is the sturdiest one.
Depending on the manufacturer, bamboo flooring planks may or may not have the characteristic bamboo nodes. Both the engineered and the solid planks are akin to oak flooring coming with the groove and tongue edges required for interlocking installation.
The bamboo planks can be installed on both wooden as well as concrete sub-flooring. It is nailed down on a wooden sub-floor, while it is floated or glued on concrete. Bamboo can also be installed on existing flooring as long as it is firmly attached, smooth, and level.
Before the installation process
Make sure to acclimatize the flooring to the humidity conditions of the atmosphere before installing them. Seven days are the minimum recommended time for acclimatization.
In order to prevent creaking, ensure that the subfloor is attached properly to the joists. Use a sander to correct any irregularities that may be there on the subfloor. Make sure to drive in all the screws and nails properly. Remove the doorsills and baseboards.
About 9/16" or 2 cm of the bottom of the doorframe has to be cut off so that the strips can be inserted underneath. During the installation, make sure to vacuum the subfloor at regular intervals so that it is free of dust and clean.
A felt paper or vapor barrier put between the strips and the subfloor will help in maintaining the humidity of the flooring at more stable levels. Staples or 15-gage nails, about 1¼" in length, will be required for fastening the floor.
Accessories and tools required for the installation
Drill and drill bits
Instructions for Installation
Installing Bamboo Flooring
First of all locate the wall that is the longest in the room where you plan on installing the bamboo flooring. The strips of flooring need to be installed in a perpendicular angle to the joists. Make an allowance for 1/2" - 3/4" or 13mm - 19mm space for expansion between the flooring strips and the wall. This space can be covered by a quarter round or baseboard.
Use the chalk line to draw a guide line that is parallel to the wall. You can calculate the distance of the guide line from the wall: tongue width + strip flooring width + expansion space.
Drill holes on the strips of bamboo and begin nailing the first row. The holes should be drilled at 1/2" or 13mm distance from the side and 10" or 25cm from the center to center. Plus, holes must also be drilled on the tongue at an angle of 45 degrees.
Align the strips with the chalk line and fix them with spiral roll shank nails. Hide the nails well by using a nail punch. Drill holes again at a 45 degree angle on the tongue for the second row, and use spiral roll shank nails to nail it in, using a nail punch again to hide the nails.
To finish a row, cut a length of bamboo strip according to the space left, using the leftover piece to begin the next row. Remember to leave enough space for the expansion joint at the culmination of each row.
Use the hardwood hammer to install the rest of the rows while paying attention to the expansion joints and alignment joints, and start nailing the flooring strips at distance of every 6"- 8".
When you come to the last 4-5 rows, it will not be possible to use the hardwood hammer due to the closeness of the adjacent wall. Hence you need to follow the same process that was used for the second row.
The flooring strip for the last row will have to be cut lengthwise and install it in the same way as was used in the first row. Once you finish installing all the bamboo flooring strips, fill in the nail holes and make corrections to the other imperfections using a touch-up pen.
Reinstall the doorsills and baseboards. Vacuum clean one last time, and clean up the floor with a mop sprayed with flooring cleaner. And there you have it - you've got your brand new bamboo wood flooring!
Just follow the instructions given, and installing bamboo flooring can be your next D-I-Y project! Remember to be very careful when dealing with tools and machines.