Bamboo floors never go out of style, do they?
This flooring material is specifically designed to be placed in high-traffic areas. Bamboo is not wood, but a grass. As such, it responds strongly to temperature and humidity changes. Because of this, it is important not to use glue when placing the planks. Nailing them down is the better method of placing them.
You could seek the help of a professional, but nailing down your bamboo flooring is something you can do it along with your family and friends. It’s simple, just follow these Do-it-yourself instructions.
Preparations before Installation
- If you have an old carpet or underlayment, cut it out in small portions so it can be easily picked up and removed. Bamboo planks cannot be nailed down directly onto a concrete floor. You will have to create a plywood subfloor.
- Once the subfloor is all set, make sure it is completely smooth to support the bamboo flooring planks. Sweep and then vacuum the subfloor so no debris creates unevenness. Place an underlay to prevent the bamboo planks from expanding or contracting due to variations in humidity.
- Only install bamboo floors in your living room or bedroom once all other phases of wet construction are done. Make sure the room is properly ventilated. Acclimatize the bamboo planks for at least a span of 72 hours prior to installation. It is better if the moisture content of the subfloor is 16% or less.
How to Install Bamboo Flooring – DIY
- Remove the wall-base before starting the installation. It will be used later when the planks are laid down to hide the space left at the edges of the room.
- There is a chance that the planks will expand when humidity increases. This is why when placing the planks, some empty space from the walls is needed.
- Place spacer bars at one side of the room. To properly lay the first row, you can use a chalk line. Next, take a plank and place the groove facing the wall and the tongue side away from the wall.
- Take the nail gun and use it after every ten to twelve inches on the groove side. Also nail the tongue side at a 45-degree angle. This will firmly place the bamboo plank on both sides in its location.
- Continue placing planks until you reach end of the room. If the area remaining to be covered, is less than the dimensions of a plank, then measure the required length and mark it on the plank. Cut out the excess part and nail the cut piece.
- You can use the remaining part to start the second row or you can start with a new plank. Join the grooves of the planks in the second row with the plank tongues in the first row.
- Use a hammer to fix them in place and continue in the same manner. Repeat this process until you come to the other side of the wall.
- You will need to measure and cut planks for gaps along the far side of the wall.
- Remove the spacer bars from their place. Now you can either make use of the removed wall base or order in skirting to fill in the spaces.
- And done!
By following these easy instructions, you will have yourself a nice new bamboo floor. Hope you enjoy it!