Installing Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo Flooring - 2013

Installing Bamboo Flooring

Learning the skill of installing bamboo flooring is one of the more rewarding tasks that you can take on if you plan to build or renovate your home. It is no secret that we all do D-I-Y projects every now and then and the relative simplicity of installing bamboo flooring is certainly reason enough to do it ourselves instead of having to hire a contractor to do it for us.

So, let’s assume that you are already aware of the many advantages of bamboo flooring over other materials and have decided to use it in your house; how should you go about installing bamboo flooring without the help of a professional contractor? Here are a few important tips and steps:

1. Try to finalize the flooring type on which the bamboo flooring will rest. The simplest is concrete as this is cheap, durable, and will last through all the re-flooring jobs that will need doing over the next 50 years or more.

2. Make sure the surface is clean. It does not have to be ultra-smooth but it should be clean. You will need to use glue to provide extra adhesion to the bamboo flooring and concrete interface.

3. If you choose to have old wood as the base surface on top of which you will be installing bamboo flooring, nailing the bamboo slats down is a better option rather than glue. However, always remember that a nailed down surface introduces imperfections to the bamboo slats which decreases its lifespan by a few years. Likewise, the head of the nail can present an extra area where you can cut your foot if the job is not properly done.

4. Map out how you plan to proceed with installing the bamboo flooring. When planning, always consider the geometry of the house, the working area, how the bamboo flooring tiles will be broken up and distributed.

5. Use a mallet to make sure the slats fit together perfectly. A common mistake is to assume that the slats fit like a glove without having to hammer it in. The gaps in the slats weaken the structure and this can lead to early degradation and decay. By hammering it together, you are not only strengthening the flooring but also making it water-tight so water droplets cannot seep into the bamboo flooring damaging it from the inside out.

Installing bamboo flooring is an excellent D-I-Y project that anyone can do with a little practice. Likewise, the relative affordability of bamboo flooring means that you won’t be afraid to do it yourself as committing a mistake in installing bamboo flooring won’t be as cardinal of a sin as, say, making a mistake with hardwood floors.

So the next time you are thinking of a project or planning to build your own house, consider installing bamboo flooring yourself. It is a very rewarding project with an equally eye-popping outcome. There’s no way you’d want to pass up on a challenge like that, especially since it will save you a lot of money.