How to Install Floating Bamboo Flooring on Concrete
Installing floating bamboo flooring in your home is a fairly simple process which can easily be done by yourself. Traditional wooden floors tend to wear out over time, but bamboo floors on the other hand are extremely durable as well as environmentally friendly. Bamboo floors can easily be added on top of concrete slabs by taking a few precautionary measures to control moisture beforehand. The below sections will describe in detail how exactly to install a floating bamboo floor on a concrete floor.
A few items must be kept on hand for your safety and protection. These are enlisted as follows:
- Rubber gloves
- Safety goggles
- Old Clothing
Step 1 Choose Flooring
The first step in this process is to choose a type of floating bamboo flooring. There are several qualities such as laminated and engineered floors which are available in the market. Before making a choice, it would be useful to keep factors such as the durability and the look of the wood, the room size, and your budget in mind.
Step 2 Measure Room
Now once the quality of wood flooring has been chosen, the next step is to take the measurements of the room where the bamboo floor shall eventually be installed. Use a measuring tape for this purpose.
Step 3 Acclimate Bamboo and Concrete Floor
Clean up the concrete floor using a broom to remove all accumulated dust and debris before moving onto this step. Now, it is essential that the bamboo flooring must be acclimated with the concrete before installing it. Open up the bamboo flooring and lay it on the concrete for 48 to 72 hours. Use a moisture test kit to ascertain the level of moisture in the floor, and therefore the amount of time the bamboo planks should be laid out on the concrete.
After approximately 72 hours or more depending on the moisture in the room, remove the bamboo flooring and now begin preparing the concrete. Use a sander with a rough grinding wheel which can either be rented or purchased from a hardware store and then start roughing up the concrete floor in short restricted motions. Once the surface of the concrete appears to be sufficiently rough, apply a layer of strong adhesive glue to a section of the floor and cover it with a slab of plywood. Continue this activity in sections for the entire concrete floor.
Step 4 Install Floating Bamboo Flooring
Start by cutting out the bamboo floors according to the length required in the room. Carry out this step using a hand saw. Now that the plywood has been put in, apply another layer of glue on a section of the plywood, and begin laying out the bamboo flooring besides the biggest wall of the room. Leave a gap of 1/4 inch between the wall and the bamboo floor as room shall be available for the bamboo floor to expand easily. Connect planks of the bamboo flooring together by sliding its lower portion into the upper portion of the adjacent plank. Tape these planks together tightly and ensure they don¹t come loose. Apply glue in sections for the entire plywood floor and follow the above process for installing the bamboo floor on top of the plywood. By now, your floating bamboo floor should be successfully installed into the concrete floor.