Bamboo flooring has a stunning visual appeal. Besides, it has a natural beauty that suits all types of interior designing of the house. As we all know, bamboo is a grass and not wood, which can be obtained from the same plant again and again after a gap of 5-6 years. For this reason, bamboo is considered as an eco-friendly flooring option.
There are different types of bamboo flooring. So, choosing a bamboo floor becomes quite difficult for many people. Strand woven bamboo flooring is the most preferred one because of a number of advantages associated with it.
First of all, it has a higher density as compared to any other types of bamboo flooring. Therefore, it can be installed even in those areas that receive heavy foot traffic. It is much more stronger than other forms of bamboo flooring and can withstand regular wear and tear really well.
How to Install Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring?
Take correct measurements of the room and buy the flooring material according to that. You should buy about 10-20% extra than your actual requirement as some of the material may get wasted while cutting. Once you have got the flooring material, you can start installing them.
Bring the bamboo floor board in the work area. You have to lay the bamboo floor boards in rows. The alignment could be either horizontal or vertical. The ideal starting point is to begin from one corner of the room and then proceed towards the entrance door.
There are three different ways of installing strand woven bamboo flooring. They are - gluing, floating and nailing. No matter which method you use, you should place spacers near the walls in order to keep 3/8 inch of expansion gap along all the walls.
Arrange the first row of planks along the wall with the grooves of the board turned towards the wall. While you align the second row of planks, press them against the laid boards of first row so that the two adjacent boards are interlocked with each other.
The tongue and grooves of these boards facilitate quick locking. To make sure that the joints are fitted tightly, strike them with a mallet. Follow the same procedure for laying the next rows of bamboo flooring and cover up the entire floor.
The manufacturers recommend suitable adhesive for this job and you must use that. Do not use any wood flooring adhesive as it may not work for strand woven bamboo. Spread the adhesive in the form of a thin layer on a small area of the floor where two rows of plank can be laid.
Apply some adhesive on the bottom of the first plank, place it on the glued area of the floor and press it down firmly. Thus, you can ensure that the board is properly attached to the floor. Install the rest of the bamboo boards in the same manner.
The third method involves nailing down the bamboo planks. You have to first roll out felt underlayment sheet on the floor. Secure the overlapping edges of these underlayment with staple gun. The laying pattern is the same as of floating method with the grooves of the boards facing the wall. It also involves interlocking the tongues and grooves of the boards.
After you finish strand woven bamboo flooring installation in the main area of the floor, you will find some gaps in between the wall and the last planks of the row. Take the measurements of each of these gaps separately.
Use soft bristle broom to sweep the floor. For a more thorough cleaning, use a microfiber wet mop and a floor cleaner recommended by the manufacturers. Never use any abrasive scrub pads or floor cleaners with harsh chemical content on strand woven bamboo floor as it may suffer damage.