Usually there are no instructions in the box on installing bamboo flooring, but it is done just like ordinary hardwood flooring. The proper floor preparation is essential before any installation. It is important that all sub flooring be flat with a tolerance of no more than one half inch over a twelve foot span. If the sub floor is made of wood, staples are better to use than flooring cleats. Staples hold better and do not squeak when stepped upon. If you decide to use a glue down installation, use the adhesive that is specified by the manufacturer. Be sure to avoid water based adhesives at all costs.
If you care about the environment, you should be installing bamboo flooring in every room in your house. Bamboo is a renewable resource that is classified as a grass, so it grows very quickly. By comparison, an oak tree may take over 100 years to reach maturity, whereas bamboo can be harvested after growing just 3 years. It requires hardly any fertilization or pesticides, and it regenerates itself from rhizomes left in the ground without replanting. It is an excellent eco-friendly alternative to wood. The bamboo should be grown in a sustainable and responsible manner which means monocultures and clear cutting should be eliminated.
Architects, interior decorators and home builders are all installing bamboo flooring in their private homes for several reasons. There are a wide variety of styles to choose from so the options for decorating are rarely limited. Bamboo is environmentally friendly and grows much faster than hardwood trees. It is as strong and durable as any other wood flooring product on the market and it can last for years with proper maintenance. It is water resistant, so it works exceptionally well in kitchens and dining rooms. Bamboo is very easy to clean and often only a damp mopping keeps it looking new.
There are two general types of hardwood floor finishes: oil-based finishes and water-based finishes. The oil urethane wood finish supplies a highly durable coating that allows the beauty of the wood to shine through while minimizing discoloration due to age. A lambs wool applicator is required for even coating, and one gallon can cover over 600 square feet. The water-based urethane finish can be used only on previously sealed surfaces. The crystal clear coating shows off the natural wood beauty, and it dries very fast. No mixing is required, and it is very economical to use. One gallon will cover up to 1000 square feet.
Polyurethane hardwood floor finishes are blends of synthetic resins that protect the surface of wood. They are moisture resistant and available in high-gloss and semi-gloss as well as satin and matte. The finish is recommended for kitchens where splashing...