All About Bamboo Flooring Installation

Installing bamboo flooring is similar to installing hardwood floors, with tongue-and-groove planking that can be nailed, stapled or glued down.

If you choose to install your bamboo flooring yourself, before you begin, ensure that you inspect each board for defects, and read the manufacturer's instructions, warranty information and disclaimers carefully.

Bamboo flooring suppliers will not respond to complaints about the quality of the bamboo boards once installed. However, warranties will usually cover the finish and the structure for at least several years, and in some cases a lifetime warranty is offered on either or both.

Bamboo should be acclimatized in the room in which it will be installed for several days, or until a suitable moisture reading has been achieved. You can get a commercial moisture reader or leave the bamboo stacked outside of its cartons in the room for a minimum of seven days.

Bamboo flooring can be nailed or stapled over a sub-floor of wood, plywood, vinyl tiles and oriented strand board. When installing over a sub-floor, you will need to ensure a proper moisture balance for the sub-floor and the bamboo. Manufacturer's instructions include information on this proper balance and how to attain it.

If you choose to install your bamboo flooring with adhesive, you may want to consider bringing in a professional installer. Only 100% urethane-based adhesive should be used, and water-based adhesive should never be used.

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