|How to Install Bamboo Flooring|
A few years ago, the idea of installing a bamboo hardwood floor instead of one of the more traditional hardwoods may have been considered crazy. We all have been in restaurants or night spots where bamboo was used to create an exotic atmosphere. But for a home installation of a hardwood floor where you are not after that particular environment, bamboo has only recently begun to push other hardwoods out and become a very popular way to go for a beautiful floor that is also more instep with environmental concerns.
Bamboo is a serious alternative to traditional hardwoods as a flooring option. That is because bamboo is not a wood at all but a grass. And because there is an abundance of bamboo worldwide that grows quickly, buying bamboo is a way to have your hardwood floor and still maintain your "green' values. Using bamboo does not harm the environment, And because when bamboo is cut, the plant itself is not harmed so it can come back to make more bamboo, we can use bamboo and feel that we have found a viable and environmentally safe way to enjoy a beautiful hardwood flooring installation.
In fact, bamboo is even superior to many hardwood options in stability, durability and beauty. Modern techniques mean that you can pick bamboo for your wood flooring material and that flooring will be just as elegant and beautiful as any other hardwood choice. The huge variety of types and styles of bamboo flooring means lots of choices when you go shopping for new flooring ideas.
Installation Priority #1 - Find Your Bamboo.
You may find your supplier and installer in the same business when you set out to find a company that will sell you bamboo flooring. When it comes to bamboo flooring suppliers, as in any business, there are good ones and bad ones. So make an effort to find a manufacturer that has a good reputation in the industry and who not only back up what they sell with a warranty you can count on but that will be there you in a month or a year should you need to call on them for support.
The same tried and true methods you use to assure you are dealing with an honest and competent vendor for any product apply to finding a bamboo manufacturer you can trust. Get references and research the company's service history. If you have friends who have installed bamboo floors, talk to them about who they worked with and if they were happy. You can find an installer who can lay down your flooring the same way if you decide not to install the bamboo flooring yourself.
Installation Priority #2 - Start With a Good Sub floor
Bamboo hardwood installations are laid in place using an adhesive or in some cases using nails. The methods you use for any hardwood flooring installation are applicable for a bamboo installation as well. Because the surface under your new bamboo flooring is so important, prepare it well before you lay down your first plank of bamboo flooring. That means the floor is level, clean and dry. The sub floor should be perfectly dry because you are working with a natural product in bamboo that can rot if there is any moisture on that surface. The adhesive you use will not perform well if the sub floor is dirty and if it is not level, the flooring will develop squeaks when it is done. So prepare your surface well before beginning the installation.
Installation Priority #3 - Follow Through
When the time comes to perform the installation of your bamboo floor, plan to follow through in one continuous installation effort. You use a trowel to lay down a moisture barrier adhesive to the sub floor. Without delay, lay the planks in place and continue that process from one end of the room to the other. If you are prepared you should be able to complete the installation in one day depending on the size of the room where the bamboo flooring is being installed. There are two other options to using adhesive to do the installation yourself. One is to nail the flooring in place by laying down plywood to the sub floor and then using nails to secure the flooring to the plywood. The third option is to hire a contractor to advise you on the best installation method for your floor and then to perform the installation for you.
Installation Priority #4 - Daily Maintenance
A bamboo floor that is properly installed can be a source of pride for you and for your family. That floor will be durable and give you decades of service. But just like you would with any hardwood floor, a routine discipline of cleaning is a must to assure your bamboo floor continues to look as beautiful as the day it was installed. Your supplier can give you specific instructions on regular sweeping and mopping of the floor so you use cleansers that are right for the finish of the flooring. By taking good care of your floor with prompt and thorough cleaning, you can look forward to a beautiful floor for family and friends to enjoy for many years to come.