A strand woven bamboo floor is roughly twice as strong as a normal bamboo floor. This makes strand woven bamboo one of the most durable and beautiful floors that the industry has to offer. Installing this type of flooring is something that most do-it-yourselfers can do with the proper knowledge. Here are the basics of how to install strand woven bamboo.
Step 1- Measure the Floor
In order to install the strand woven bamboo, you will need to know how much to buy. Take your tape measure and get the dimensions of the room that you plan on installing in. Take the length and multiply it by the width. Once you have that number add 10 percent to it. This should give you enough bamboo to install with extra for errors and cutting.
Step 2- Order the Material
Visit your local flooring specialty store and check out their selection. Strand woven bamboo typically comes in three different colors. You can get natural, carbonized, and tiger. Choose the look that you like and order it. If you plan on gluing the floor down, make sure that you order the right adhesive. Not every wood flooring adhesive will work for bamboo. Therefore, you will want to make sure that you order what is recommended from the manufacturer.
Step 3- Prepare the Room
Before you can install the bamboo, you need to make sure that the room is prepared. Take off the baseboards or quarter round around the perimeter of the room and remove any old flooring. Take any furniture out of the room as well. If you are gluing down to concrete, you may need to level the floor out in a few places with self-leveling compound. If you are stapling the floor down to a wood substrate, you will need to install felt paper first.
Step 4- Lay the Bamboo
Start in the corner of the room and work your way out one row at a time. Leave about a 1/4-inch expansion gap around the outside of the room. If you are gluing the wood down, use your trowel to spread the adhesive out on the floor. Spread out enough to do a few rows of bamboo. Place the bamboo firmly down in the adhesive. If you are stapling, shoot staples diagonally down into the tongue of the board. Then attach a board to the narrow joint on the top and continue laying boards in this manner.
Step 5- Cut to Fit
When you get to the end of a row, you will have to cut a board to fit. Measure the gap to the wall and cut a board with your saw to that dimension. Then put the board in place.
Step 6- Stagger the Boards
For the second row, stagger the start of it so that the end joints do not match up. Continue laying the bamboo until your floor is covered.
Step 7- Finishing Up
Once the floor is down, you should be free to walk on it. Put your baseboards back in and move the furniture back in and you should be ready to use the room.