*Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring – What is the Better Installation Method?

November 13, 2012

For those who love the idea of installing a hardwood floor in their home but want to be a little “greener in their choice of new flooring bamboo is the perfect choice. Strand woven bamboo flooring is even more appealing to many people as the weave not only adds extra strength to an already very tough flooring material but a very attractive and unique appearance as well

Correct installation is an absolute must if a strand woven bamboo floor is going to last as long, and look as good, as it should. If the floor cannot be floated,there are two other installation options – nail the bamboo flooring down or use a suitable glue

Whatever method you pick adequate attention must be paid to the condition of the subfloor before installation begins. It must be swept clean and all dirt and debris removed.

Should you choose the glue down method to install your strand woven bamboo flooring the subfloor must be completely dry. If it is wet, or prone to moisture, the glue may not adhere well, leading to loose boards or chipping down the line. Ask your flooring retailer for a recommendation as to what glue to use with the product you purchase to get the best results

Nailing down a strand woven bamboo floor is a lot trickier but the results, if done well, mean the bamboo planks are less prone to loosening over time. Done well is the key word here though as a botched nail down job can end up looking a real mess.

If you are going to use the nail down method, you will, of course, need a good nail gun. We recommend a Powernail Models 50P or 50M (with P standing for pneumatic and M for manual) Use a 1-1/2 inch cleat with a .200 adapter pad with 1 shim for the best results.

A very experienced DIYer can probably do a good job of installing strand woven bamboo flooring utilizing either method. But if you have never installed a floor before, invest the extra and have a professional install it for you. You will be very glad you did and your new floor will thank you as well.

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