The highlight and most dramatic home improvement you can make are installing new floors. Once the decision has been made to install new floors, the next big decision you will need to make is what type of floor you want.
Why are people choosing Bamboo hardwood flooring?
Bamboo flooring has become known as the “going green flooring” and has been proven to outperform traditional hardwood flooring in many different aspects. Because it only takes a few years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity compared to the decades it takes for hardwood trees, bamboo hardwood flooring has become the choice for many who are remodeling their homes.
Bamboo is harder than hardwood; therefore, it is more durable. Although it is more durable, it is generally not as expensive as hardwood. Bamboo floors are ideal for allergy sufferers. They do not harbor dust mites. They are also very easy to clean.
What type of bamboo flooring should you choose?
Bamboo hardwood flooring comes in two main types: vertical and horizontal. The bamboo flooring vertical grain appears as very fine grain lines and is great for smaller spaces. The bamboo flooring horizontal grain appears as a wider line of grain and is great for a wide large room.
How to Install Bamboo Flooring
Be sure your sub-floor is flat and smooth
If you install bamboo floors over radiant heating, read the bamboo flooring and radiant heat systems instructions carefully
Read the installation instructions carefully
Allow your bamboo hardwood flooring to acclimate in the room it will be installed in for at least 72 hours
Inspect each piece of bamboo flooring panel for damage or defects
Never hit bamboo flooring directly. Use a tapping block to prevent fracturing the flooring edge. Hint: A piece of the flooring trim can be used as a tapping block
Order at least 5% over your square footage to allow for problems
Are there any special tools needed to install bamboo floors?
The tools you would usually use for installing hardwood floors will work for installing bamboo flooring. Before you can install your bamboo flooring, determine what type of floor you have. If it is a floating floor, no adhesive or face-nailing is required. A standard plank will require face nailing. Depending on your type of flooring, you will need either special glue or a flooring stapler or ordinary PVAC flooring glue. Other basic tools are: compound miter saw, hand saw, rubber mallet, face-nailer (possibly). You are now ready to install the floor.
Start at a specific point and begin laying down the floor
If your flooring requires face-nailing, make sure you apply enough pressure to close the joints between each plank of flooring before you actually fire the nails
If you are installing a floating floor, firmly close the joints between each piece with a rubber mallet
Measure twice to ensure you do not make a mistake, which will help in getting the tightest cuts to make the best fit possible
After you install the entire floor, inspect the entire floor surface to ensure there are not any misaligned joints, buckled sections or damaged or frayed ends
Reinstall base moldings and corner round bead work. Make sure your corner round is pre-primed or already painted to reduce the risk of paint stains on your new floor
Keep a few of the larger pieces of the leftover material in case there is damage done later on. Now it is time to sit back and enjoy your handy work and brand new bamboo flooring.