Bamboo Brisbane offers a variety of high quality bamboo flooring. We specialise in only quality products. If you are a DIY Handyman or builder, we offer the following instructions for the installation of our bamboo flooring. Please read and follow our installation instructions carefully to ensure best results.
- Examine flooring regarding grade, style, quality and straightness in a well-lit surrounding
- Avoid storing bamboo flooring for a long period on concrete or close to outside walls
- We do not recommend installation in bathrooms, laundries or wet areas
- Acceptable Sub-Floor Types
- Plywood (min 10mm)
- Existing wood floor
- Resilient tile and sheet vinyl
- Underlay grade particle board
- Concrete slab
- Ceramic tile
Notes to Installing In most cases it is preferable to “float” lay the bamboo flooring, as this method increases tolerance to sub-floor and/or laying imperfections, may cost less to install, and provides the best quality, most comfortable and stylish finish.
- Lay foam underlay first, placing edges together. Tape the full length of the joined edges
- Be sure to leave sufficient spaces for expansion. Small layouts or square rooms may only need as little as 7-8mm per wall, but be sure to leave 10mm per wall for every 6 metres. More than 6m across the width of the board and interim expansion should be used.
- Moister readings should be completed at install
- Do not install floating floor “hard” against fixed objects such as fireplaces, fixed walls etc.
- Use wood or plastic spacers to aid in maintaining spaces
- Sub-floor must be swept or vacuumed thoroughly and any loose or raised particles removed
- Sub-floor surface unevenness or variation must not exceed 3mm per metre
- If you have “floor squeaks” cure them before covering with bamboo flooring, by screwing or nailing sub flooring securely
- Where bamboo floor is to glued to a full sub-floor (eg. concrete or ply), we recommend using only high quality Polyurethane Flooring Adhesive (Note: We generally DO NOT recommend gluing down these floors)
- Ask us for a copy of the manufacturers install guildlines
Laying Bamboo Flooring
- Lay out flooring for visual selection. The careful placement of colour and grain will enhance the beauty of the finished floor
- Check boards and tongue and grooves for irregularities
- Ensure boards used for initial runs are straight
- Door casing should be undercut or notched so that flooring will fit underneath
- Begin each row of boards from the same end of the room
- Ensure an expansion joint is left at a maximum of every 6 meters
- Leave room for expansion against solid walls
- First row should be laid parallel to the longest wall
- Secure first row by wedging
- Always place wedging between wall and flooring to assist in accurate spacing
- Remember to “stagger” end joints from row to row and always start each row with a cut end which is longer than 200mm
- Always use correct ‘tapping blocks’ to tap ‘click system’ flooring together, ensuring edges are never damaged.
- If using ‘tongue-and-groove’ flooring, glue board joints by applying wood glue to bottom of the groove.
- In hot wet areas of Australia we strongly recommend leaving large amounts of expansion. We have building contractors using our products as far north as Darwin. We suggest all gyprock walls are undercut to allow even further room for growth in very wet seasons. Strand Woven Bamboo is very stable and can be used in these areas as long as it is installed properly. We are happy to assist with recommendations to any home handyman or building contractor.;
Special note: if any board is damaged or defective do not use it in the flooring job as we are only responsible for the damaged or defective board prior to being installed. It is much simpler to replace a single board prior to the job than a whole floor post completion. We are always happy to take your call to lend support for installation to all of our DIYers.