Bamboo Click Flooring: Important Things You Should Know

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Bamboo flooring is the perfect solution if you are looking for a beautiful finish and look in your room and also because it is relatively easy for do-it-yourselfers to fit it themselves without having to use any glue or nails.

About Bamboo Floors

Click floors are also sometimes referred to as a floating floor. It is described as floating because the new floor you are laying can sometimes be laid straight on top of your existing floor surface. The click system works on the same principle as a tongue and groove fitting for hardwood floors and the pieces simply click together without the need to use any glue or nails to hold it all together. Bamboo floors are an eco-friendly choice as bamboo produces new shoots each year and is therefore fast growing and replenishable so you will not be harming the rainforest by choosing this material for your flooring.

Preparing to Fit your Bamboo Floor

The key to a successful installation of your bamboo flooring is all about getting the preparation right before you start to lay the floor itself. The first critical action that you should consider is to test the humidity and moisture content for the room where you will be installing the bamboo. Although bamboo is a grass and not wood it still reacts to moisture and damp in much the same way as it is a natural product that requires time to acclimate to its new surroundings.

You should take a damp reading to see if the levels are within the recommended range suggested by the manufacturer and in order to reduce any potential problems it is best to leave your flooring in the room for up to two weeks so that it has a chance to deal and react with the conditions before being laid on the floor. The vast majority of problems experienced with laying a new floor are as a result of a lack of preparation so there should be no shortcuts taken if you want the installation to go smoothly. Having left the bamboo to acclimate for a sufficient period of time you should in the mean time ensure that the floor surface is perfectly flat and clear of any debris or damaged areas.

Fitting the Flooring

Floating bamboo floors need room for expansion as do all types of bamboo floor installations. It is often best to be over cautious when allowing for expansion and allow for as much as possible. Do nut butt or install any floating floors right up against fixed objects such as a hearth or a column as this almost certainly result in what is known as tenting or a buckled floor where the bamboo lifts up as it has nowhere else to go . If you put down a moisture barrier and use foam padding you will get the best finished results and also using tile spacers will ensure that the job is a success. Tile spacers are used to keep to keep each floor tile an equal distance apart so that you get the best visual result when the floor has been laid and finished.

To finish your installation you should consider using quarter- round moulding as this is an inexpensive way to give the flooring a neater and more finished edge as it will cover any slight gaps at the edges and look good as well.

Nicole Ellington has extensive experience in interior design and has a penchant for renovations and DIY projects. She enjoys sharing her insights on various home renovation blogs. Visit Builddirect.com to find out more about bamboo click flooring.

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