What can we do to install it but not have the same problems again in the future. Inspect the entire floor surface and look specifically for any misaligned joints, buckled sections, or damaged, frayed ends exposed. Set the tapping block against the plank and tap it lightly with a hammer. Now, it is essential that the bamboo flooring must be acclimated with the concrete before installing it. This will help you avoid buckling once the floor is installed. This means that you can customize the look of the floor to your own personal tastes. Start your installation in the corner farthest away from the door so you can work your way toward the exit point and prevent the need to walk on the floor before the adhesive dries.
Please let us know if you have any other questions! This is also a perfect time to check for any imperfections or damage to sections, which can typically be taken back to the flooring retailer and exchanged. Continue this activity in sections for the entire concrete floor. Keep the boxes in case you need to return the planks. Take up the carpet or any other type of flooring that is on the floor. Slide the wood slowly into the blade until the saw cuts through it. Try to do only about 3 feet widths at a time.
The longer you leave it, the more difficult it will be to fix. You cannot return planks once they are installed! Step 6 - Lay the Bamboo Once the adhesive is out, start installing in the corner of the room. If you have a concrete subfloor you will need to go with a strand woven, floating bamboo floor. Wait 24 hours for the existing adhesive to dry before continuing the installation. Before starting installation, check moisture content on several randomly picked samples. Lay one of the boards of bamboo into it.
Open up the bamboo flooring and lay it on the concrete for 48 to 72 hours. Push each subsequent row plank forward and down at the same time to ensure that the boards lock together. Scrape the top of the adhesive with the notched side of your trowel to create grooves. Continue down the row, cutting the last board to fit using a table saw. The problem: Each of these tests only determines the moisture content of the slab in one spot, at one given time. The floor was glued to the concrete slab.
If you were installing the bamboo over a plywood subfloor, you could nail the first row in place. Wood Subfloor The easiest way to test for moisture in a wood subfloor is through a , which gives a reading accurate to one-tenth of a percent. The guide line must be parallel to the wall. In addition, you want to follow all manufacturer's recommendations when installing. This is important because the butt ends of the planks in adjoining rows have to be at least 8 inches apart.
Make sure that the room is extra clean before starting installation. Once the bamboo is in your house, you should open the boxes and inspect the planks for damage as accidents can happen during transport even if the planks are properly packaged. Frequent use of a vacuum cleaner during installation is highly recommended to eliminate saw dust and wood chips. This can be done with simple hand tools like a hammer and shovel. Start at that point and begin laying your floor down.
Wood floors typically look more natural if the seams appear random. If not, what would be a good product? This is also likely the case when replacing vinyl or laminate flooring. Place the entire first row against the spacers. During your layout, you should have gauged your floor to determine the best starting point for your application. Bamboo wood floor can be installed in a number of different ways over different substrates. By now, your floating bamboo floor should be successfully installed into the concrete floor. Once your layout is confirmed, and you are comfortable with the colors and patterning of the grains in the bamboo itself, it is time to proceed to the actual installation of the flooring surface.
Most manufacturers recommended 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit and 40-60% humidity using a climate control system, but check your specific instructions. You should feel them snap into place. You should stop when you can no longer lay new rows without standing on the installed floor. Take the dimensions and multiply the length and the width. Remember that some underlayments are installed differently than others, so make sure to read the installation instructions that come with the underlayment itself.
Buy about 20 percent overage to make sure you will have enough to cover any mistakes, or for sections of flooring with a natural variation that may stand out more when installed in a large open area. Spacers are essential in glue-down installations because each row pushes against the first row, which can move it tightly against the wall without spacers. Place the grooved side of bamboo planks against the spacers. Start with the L-shaped side facing away from the wall. Traditional wooden floors tend to wear out over time, but bamboo floors on the other hand are extremely durable as well as environmentally friendly. Please let us know if you have any other questions! Cut the last board with your saw to fit in the gap. Recommended acclimatizing time is 7 days minimum in rooms where the flooring will be installed.