is a unique and stunning addition to any home, naturally opening up small spaces and creating a cosy ambience. Bamboo - which is technically a type of grass - grows more quickly than any tree, and so bamboo flooring is a highly eco-friendly choice that is destined to be the focal point of any room.
If you’re looking to add a strong and resilient bamboo floor to your house, you may be wondering how to install it. Fear not, for we have done the hard work for you! Simply read on to find out how you can install this gorgeous flooring in any room.
Be sure to prep the floor
First, make sure you install your bamboo flooring in an area with good natural lighting. Prior to installing your new floor, the subfloor (whatever you are laying the flooring on top of) must be clean, dry and level.
Be careful to also check for moisture using a concrete moisture meter if you have a freshly-laid concrete subfloor. Once you are certain the moisture content is below 6%, place your bamboo flooring in the room where it will be laid for a minimum of 48 hours. By leaving it in the room with the boxes flat and open, you allow the flooring to acclimatise, and so you should not have any problems once it has been laid.
After the minimum 48 hours have elapsed, take the bamboo flooring out of the boxes and inspect the difference in colours. Build separate piles of light, medium and dark so that you can mix and match the naturally-varying colours throughout the room as you please.
Different bamboo floors have different installation methods. The bamboo floors
we sell here at Floormaker are designed to be laid as floating floors, meaning you don't need any nails or adhesives to fix the boards down!
How to Install a Floating Bamboo Floor
- Begin by placing a suitable underlay over your subfloor. If you have are installing your bamboo floor atop a level plywood, chipboard or concrete subfloor, we recommend high performance underlay with DPM; for uneven concrete or floorboard subfloors, use 5mm wood fibreboard underlay.
- You will also need to place spacers around the perimeter of your room to allow your bamboo flooring to expand and contract.
- Begin to install the flooring by gluing the tongues and grooves together using waterproof PVA flooring glue. We would recommend using our Westco Plank Adhesive for this!
- After ensuring that the first row is straight, you can start to build up the remainder of the rows, mixing the colours as you go.
- Avoid gluing the floorboards to your underlay and you should end up with a perfectly-installed bamboo flooring.
Congratulations - your stunning new floor is complete! Now you will be able to let all of your friends know you were the master who installed your beautiful new flooring.
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department for everything you'll need to install your bamboo flooring. If you're still unsure about any of these steps, feel free to get in touch