FAQ – Bamboo Flooring Installation
Q1: Is Bamboo flooring installed similarly to a hardwood floor?
Yes, it can be. Bamboo flooring installation is the same, and any hardwood flooring installer can install it. Our Bamboo flooring is pre-finished, so there is no dust, mess or fumes, whatsoever. The preferred method of installation, however, is the “floating” method, where the flooring is set freely over a sub-floor. (See instructions for installation).
Q2: Can I glue Bamboo flooring directly to concrete?
If moisture conditions are acceptable, Bamboo flooring can be glued directly to a clean, dry concrete slab with a one-part urethane moisture-cure adhesive (i.e. ULTRASET Polyurethane Flooring Adhesive)
Note: We do not recommend direct gluing unless there is a reason why it should not be floated. Please contact us before doing so
Q3: Can I nail down Bamboo flooring over a particleboard subfloor?
Many confuse particleboard with OSB (Oriented Stand board). Particleboard commonly used in some manufactured homes does not have enough holding power and will loosen over time. There are many types of OSB that can be used for solid nail down Bamboo flooring and hardwood floors. It is best to consult the manufacturers warranty specs. Nailing is not generally the preferred method.
Q4. Can I install Bamboo flooring in a bathroom?
Bamboo flooring can be installed in a bathroom- but care must be taken to avoid standing water. Like almost any flooring, Bamboo flooring could be damaged if excessive water is left to stand for an extended period of time. To cut all risks we would recommend adding two extra coats of MP765 water-base polyurethane after Bamboo flooring installation to penetrate and extensively seal all the joints in the floor.
Q5. What are the different Bamboo mouldings and how are they applied?
The Quarter Round moulding is used to hide the expansion gap at the base of perimeter walls left during Bamboo flooring installation.
The “T” moulding is used as a threshold in doorways or as a transition strip where the Bamboo flooring meets tile or carpet of similar height.
The Reducer moulding is used as a transition from the height of the Bamboo flooring down to the height of much thinner floor.
The Stair nosing moulding is used to cover the front edge of a stair tread or step. If used on a stair, Bamboo flooring is installed behind the Starinose to cover the horizontal part (the tread) of the stair.
We generally use molded aluminium strips for transitions and expansion joints as these tend to be neater.