Friday, May 02, 2008

Bamboo Flooring Installation

I tried my hands on bamboo flooring installation last week and found a gem of a tutorial on, find below excerpts of the article that saved the day for me:

Not just food for pandas or the stuff of cheap picnic mats, bamboo is now
being processed with modern techniques into beautiful “hardwood” flooring that
beats standard wood floors in durability, hardness, and dimensional

An added bonus to these beautiful floors is the knowledge that bamboo,
unlike wood, grows quickly and abundantly, reaching maturity in five years or
less. Red oak and maple, by comparison, can take decades to mature and then have
to be replanted. Clear-cutting of forests also has a negative environmental
impact and threatens the planet’s biodiversity.

After harvesting, cutting, processing, and finishing, bamboo flooring
installation is not much different from standard hardwood floor installation.
The important steps in installation occur before putting in the bamboo floor.
First, make sure you buy from a reputable manufacturer who is willing to back up
their product with a warranty.

The next step in bamboo flooring installation is making sure the
subfloor is dry, clean, and level. Dirty subfloors will not bond well with the
adhesive, and subfloors that are not dry will eventually cause rot. If not
level, the bamboo flooring will squeak when walked on. If you are competent in
home repair and good with your hands, you may be able to complete the bamboo
flooring installation on your own. In some cases, with certain types of bamboo
flooring, a professional will be needed.

Bamboo flooring may be glued down using a moisture barrier flooring
adhesive. After applying the adhesive to the subfloor with a trowel, the bamboo
flooring planks should be immediately placed. You may also install bamboo
flooring using a nail gun over plywood or particleboard. Once starter rows are
secure, subsequent planks should be nailed directly above the tongue at a
45-degree angle to face.

After installing the bamboo flooring, you will care for it in a similar
way to hardwood floors; frequent dusting/sweeping, occasionally mopping, and use
of wood cleaners. With regular care, bamboo flooring will add a stylish,
beautiful component to your home for many years to come.

Hope you found it useful.

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