Living green is now fast becoming a trend when it comes to home improvement and do-it-yourself craft. The beauty and efficiency of natural materials tremendously adds value to your home making it a healthier and more livable place for the whole family.
A popular option when it comes to environment friendly construction is hard wood floors, specifically, bamboo flooring. It is considered as an essential alternative to carpet and tile flooring as it can be easily cleaned. If you’re thinking of giving your home a new look by installing bamboo flooring, this is how you do it.
Tools and Materials Needed:
Broom or vacuum cleaner
Safety Goggles and Mask
Mallet or Hammer
Table Saw, Miter Saw or Circular Saw
Carbide tipped saw blade with 80 teeth or more
Pre finished bamboo flooring
The area of the house where you will install your bamboo flooring must be properly cleaned using a broom or a vacuum cleaner. If there are gaps on the floor, make sure to properly fill these gaps with leveling compounds to smooth out any uneven surface.
Moisture and leakage from the sub floors can damage any type of hardwood flooring. Make sure to create a moisture barrier (6mm polyethylene/plastic sheeting) on the concrete sub-floor especially if you live in a humid area. Double check if the moisture barrier is evened out then spread a sheet of foam padding if you have concrete sub floor.
Calculate the number of rows of bamboo you’ll need to complete your floor. Note that your measurements should be accurately done and should match the wall contours so that the flooring can go down straight even if the walls are not.
Start at the corner of your room and work from left to right. When you place the bamboo click flooring, make sure to use tile spacers so that they are placed close to the wall. Dry fit the first row by laying out bamboo with the groove toward the wall. Make sure that the first row is completely straight even when the walls are not.
Repeat the same process from one row to the other until you arrive at the next wall. You can create a pattern by putting tiles interchangeably. Cut the boards using table saw with carbide tipped blade and shape them if needed. Remember to use the right type of blade when cutting bamboo wood floors to avoid chipping the finish. Carbide tipped blades unlike diamond blades, are perfect for hardwood wood, chip board and soft wood. It creates a clean and accurate finish for your entire wood project.
Apply wood glue to each piece of bamboo flooring then place it in their respective places. You can also use a nail gun to put them in place. If you need to adjust each piece don’t directly heat it with a hammer. Use a tapping block to move the bamboo in position. Put the tiling row by row until you reach the last part of your work area.
Lastly, avoid scratching your new bamboo flooring by putting tools and equipment on top of a piece of wood. Keep your work area clean by doing the wood cutting in another place away from your installation area. With this simple guide, you can install your own bamboo floor like a pro. Just remember that your DIY project can be successful by using the right tool, getting enough knowledge about your craft and doing it with care.