Installing Bamboo Flooring on a Concrete Floor Installing Bamboo Flooring on a Concrete Floor

What You'll Need
Bamboo flooring
Rubber mallet
Tape measure
Self-leveling compound
Painter's tape

Bamboo flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices in the world today. People are installing it in any room in their house and over any sub floor. If you need to install bamboo flooring over concrete, here are the basics of how to do it successfully. 

Step 1- Measure the Floor

The first thing that you need to do is measure the floor. Get your tape measure and determine the length and the width of the room. Multiply the two numbers together to get the square footage of the room. Increase that number by 10 percent and that will be the amount of flooring that you need to buy. 

Step 2- Order the Proper Materials

Once you have your square footage, you need to order the flooring. Visit a flooring specialty store for the best selection and information. Ask a sales associate if the bamboo that you like can be glued down to concrete. Purchase the appropriate amount of bamboo and make sure to buy the right adhesive as well. You can not just use a standard wood adhesive for this job. Make sure that you get the glue that the manufacturer recommends. 

Step 3- Prepare the Room

Take the baseboards or quarter round off the base of the walls, all the way around the room. You need to assess the condition of the concrete as well. If there are a lot of dips in the floor, you may need to use self-leveling compound to level out the floor. 

Step 4- Start Laying the Bamboo

Once the sub floor is prepared, start laying the bamboo in a corner of the room. Be sure to leave about a 1/4-inch expansion gap around the outside of the floor. Use your trowel to apply the adhesive to the floor. Make sure that you use the recommended trowel size on the side of the bucket of adhesive. Spread out a strip about three feet wide. Press the board firmly down into the adhesive. Then lay the next board vertically into the narrow joint of the first board. You may need to use your rubber mallet to tap the boards together to ensure a good fit. Continue laying boards in this direction until you get to a wall.

Step 5- Cut to Fit

Measure the gap to the wall and then use your saw to cut a board to that size. Place the board in the gap and then move onto the next row. 

Step 6- Stagger the Next Row

Take the smaller piece that is left over from the cut on the first row and lay it down first in the second row. Adjoin it to the first board in the first row. Then lay that row vertically like you did with the first row. Keep laying the rows in this manner making sure to stagger each row from the one next to it. When you get a few rows laid, you may want to put some painter's tape across them to help hold them together while they dry. 

Step 7- Finishing Up

You may want to place some buckets with water in them on top of the floor strategically to help weight the floor down while the adhesive dries. Put your baseboards back into place and once the glue dries and your floor should be ready to use. 

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