Bamboo planks are an alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. Bamboo planks are stylish, and they can be used to build a themed living room or patio. Another attractive thing about bamboo flooring is that it is cheaper to install than wood flooring. When skillfully installed, bamboo flooring almost looks like wooden flooring. Bamboo is thick stemmed grass that takes about six years to mature. It is also environmentally-friendly and lightweight. If you want an elegant, antique or trendy look in your room, then you should go for bamboo, as it can easily fit with most interior decor. Here are some tips to remember when installing bamboo planks:
Temperature and humidity:
Before installing bamboo flooring, you must allow the bamboo planks to adjust (acclimatize) to the humidity and temperature of the room. Open the case containing the bamboo and place the planks in the room where they are to be installed. Leave them for about 72 hours. A humid environment can warp the bamboo planks, so you should install a dehumidifier in the room. A relative humidity of 30to 60 percent should be maintained to prevent warping.
Nailing the Bamboo Planks:
When setting the planks, nail the faces of the starter rows, so that they are firmly fixed in place. Cover the nails with a baseboard. The next rows of planks should be stapled or nailed straight onto the tongue, at about 45 to 50 degree angle. Fasten the planks every 6 to 8 inches.
Bamboo planks can also be fixed using strong glue. Urethane glue is often used for this purpose. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to get the best out of the glue. Also, take note of other information such as spread rate, glue ridge height and trowel size.
Remember to put a vapor barrier in the sub-floor, as it helps to keep out the moisture. The vapor barrier also reduces squeaking and noise that is produced when walking on the bamboo planks.