Looking to change your home’s flooring? Consider getting strand woven bamboo flooring. The strand woven bamboo flooring would undeniably look beautiful in anyone’s home. And when it undergoes further processing methods, the flooring can preserve its natural and original look or will be carbonized to produce another kind of finish. Moreover, the bamboo flooring may also be stained, so that greater amounts of themes and colors can be applied to it.
Why Choose Strand Bamboo Flooring?
If you are usually having the “guilt trip” since you had another tree sawed down from its natural rain forest habitat for the sake of having flooring for your home, then you should get bamboo flooring instead. Because of the ample supply of bamboo in China alone, more so in Southeast Asia, there is no need to feel bad once it gets chopped down. It would take only three or four years for a bamboo to regain its full size and can be used for another flooring project. Needless to say, the time period for the growth of a tree is longer compared to that of a bamboo. So obviously, the bamboo is a more ecological choice in not just one way.
You can also style the floor of your home perfectly and in accordance with your imagination with bamboo flooring. Because styling of bamboo is more versatile than any other kind of wood. You may go for the horizontal or vertical formation in your home or just whatever your heart desires. But there are more specialized kinds of bamboo flooring for those who love the fancy look. An example of this is the strand woven bamboo flooring or carbonized flooring. Which features various colors that can give off a look in the room.
Strand bamboo flooring is also part of the list of your options. It continues to be a very popular green material that is used for flooring. To produce this, a lot of little bamboo fibers are squeezed and then bound together with the use of adhesive to produce planks. The adhesive that is used in the process of binding together the fibers is the main reason why the strand bamboo floors become harder as opposed to other types of materials used in wood flooring.
Advantages Of Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring
There are several advantages brought about by strand bamboo flooring. The main reason is that such kind of flooring can stand just about any type of treatment that comes to it. Plus, it can last over a very long time period. It is really very tough and resistant that you can do practically anything with it and still cause no damage. This does not necessarily mean that other forms of bamboo flooring are not durable. However, the other types are softer and more prone to dents and damage than strand bamboo flooring, which is more likely to hold up.
One other benefit of this flooring is its appearance and what it can bring to the room where you want it installed. Since it really is durable, it is practical not only for indoor use but for outdoor as well. It may look like hardwood flooring but it can provide easier use and sturdiness than hardwood. It is also known as the newest material to give off the beauty of a typical hardwood floor. Minus the guilt for destroying the natural beauty of the environment.
It also has more unique qualities, perfect for people who love to stand out. And in case you are interested with strand bamboo flooring, the best place to look is online. Here you will surely find a company that offers installation packages of such flooring that you find fair. Or you may go to your local home improvement store.
It really does not matter where you choose to buy the material. However, one thing is for sure. With strand bamboo flooring, you cannot go wrong.
Installing Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring
Two hints before you begin. Firstly, bamboo is a natural ‘breathing’ material. It is important for the bamboo flooring to acclimatize to the heat and humidity of a room prior to installation. To do this open the box containing the strand woven bamboo flooring and leave the planks for 72 hours in the room where you are going to install them. Secondly, when you are calculating how much flooring you will need (the width of the room multiplied by the length of the room) you should add another 10% at least for mistakes.
Gluing the flooring directly onto a concrete subfloor
First, you must clean the concrete floor well and check for lumps and unevenness. If your concrete subfloor is uneven then rent a concrete grinder and smooth the surface of the concrete.
Next, you must gauge whether the concrete is damp in any way. Any dampness will rot the strand woven bamboo flooring. You can test for dampness with your hand or buy a dampness testing kit. If you find any dampness apply a waterproof mastic with a trowel.
Once the mastic is dry you can start to lay down the strand woven bamboo planks. Always put the groove against the wall and the tongue facing out. Place spacers along the starting wall and at the end of each row of planks. Before you lay a plank put some adhesive on the bottom of the plank. If the concrete surface is a bit rough (but even) the glue will work better.
If the plank doesn’t reach from end to end you will have to measure the gap with a measuring tape and then use a rip saw to cut a piece of plank to fit in the gap. Use a pry bar to get the piece in place. Use the remaining part of the sawn plank to start the next row if it is longer than 8 inches. This will create a nice ‘organic’ pattern to your planking.
Remember to use a rubber mallet to knock the rows of bamboo flooring tightly against each other.
Once the flooring is laid leave 72 hours for the adhesive to dry.
Quick-lock bamboo flooring comes with a thin mat attached and has lots of ‘teeth’ that are easy to lock together. With this type of flooring you just literally lay it on the ground and assemble the pieces like a jigsaw.
Even without quick lock bamboo flooring, it is possible to do a floating installation. This is by far the easiest method for installing strand woven bamboo flooring. Simply put down rectangular pieces of underlay on the concrete then start laying down the strips of strand woven bamboo flooring either vertically or horizontally. Of course, it helps if the bamboo planks have tongues and grooves so they interlock nice and tight.
Remember to use spacers along the starting wall and at each end of a row of planks. Also when you have laid a row of strand woven bamboo planks put a thin line of glue on the tongue so when you fit the next line of planks the glue will hold the flooring together.
If the room is longer or wider than your planks then measure the gap between the wall and the plank end. Then use a rip saw to saw a piece to fit the gap. Use a pry bar to install the cut piece of bamboo flooring. Also when you get to the final strip of bamboo planks measure carefully, especially around the door jam.
A Note About Adhesives
The best adhesive to use is one that is VOC free. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound and refers to such chemical compounds as formaldehyde that easily become gases. Many VOCs are bad for human health, especially children. Scientific research links formaldehyde to respiratory problems, allergies, and cancer.
Don’t be confused: strand woven bamboo flooring is made using heat, pressure and a low VOC adhesive. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any strand woven bamboo flooring made with VOC free adhesive. However, there are adhesives and glues available which are VOC free that are recommended for installation such as Healthy Bond MS Adhesive and Sealer which is totally formaldehyde-free.
Manufacturers seem quick to gloss over the point that strand woven bamboo flooring is made using VOC adhesives, no matter how low emitting it may be ‘low VOC adhesive’ is not as healthy as ‘VOC free adhesive’. The only strand woven bamboo flooring product I could find that addressed this issue was Bamboo Mountain’s fuse strand woven bamboo flooring that claims to be made with low VOC adhesive that is free of formaldehyde. This seems like a step in the right direction, however, the health risks of the other VOCs still present in the adhesive is not addressed.
Nailing or Stapling the flooring to a subfloor
Another quick and easy method is to nail or staple the strand woven bamboo flooring to a subfloor. If you don’t have a wooden subfloor this method of installation is a lot more difficult as you will have to make a subfloor first.
Once you have the subfloor in place you can start to install the strand woven bamboo flooring. Put down one strip of either vertical or horizontal bamboo planks. You then go along the plank nailing or stapling it to the sub-floor using a nail gun. Put the nail through the tongue of the bamboo plank so it is hidden. Then lay another row of bamboo flooring next to the existing one.
Make sure the tongue and grooves are firmly locked together. Use a rubber mallet to knock the rows of bamboo planks firmly together and then staple the new line of bamboo to the subfloor. Here is a short video demonstrating this technique. To use a nail gun correctly you line it up against the edge of the bamboo. The nail gun has a right angle for this purpose. You then take a rubber mallet and hit the top of the nail gun with the hammer. This drives a nail or staple into the bamboo flooring to hold it in place.