As an owner of bamboo flooring, you would know by now that it is widely available as a green product. It adds a touch of class to many homes as it is inviting and warm. Unlike other trends of fads, bamboo material is a refined and timeless addition; they will still look great many years from now. Do not let its affordability fool you; it is very durable and strong despite its cheap price.
Did you know? Almost all types and varieties of bamboo flooring can be fitted onto plywood in a number of ways. You can choose from methods such as secret screwing, secret nailing or even choose to float the flooring over an underlay. However, you must ensure that your plywood subfloor is of good quality, dry, level and flat. To ensure your subfloor fulfills the requirements, you should read on to learn how to prepare it.
How to prepare your subfloor
Before you begin fitting your bamboo flooring, follow these instructions to ensure your plywood subfloor is in ideal conditions:
• Check your subfloor to ensure it is level and flat with a spirit level or straight edge
• If you have wooden subfloor that is not level, you can line it with 8mm thick plywood
• Use a self leveling compound to smoothen out any unevenness on concrete subfloors
Next you will need to ensure your subfloor is dry enough. You can do so by checking the moisture content or MC for short. For this you will need a wood floor moisture meter. As a general rule of thumb, wooden subfloors should only contain 16% of moisture content or below. If you discover that your subfloor is not dry enough, allow it to dry naturally for a longer period time before checking again.
Finally, you will need to clean and sweep your subfloor. This step is essential to ensure adhesives and other chemicals are removed to prevent them from reacting with the products you will be using to install your bamboo flooring. Once you have ensured that your subfloor is clean, dry and level, it is a perfect time to install your bamboo flooring.
Gluing your bamboo floors down
Once you are confident that your plywood subfloor is well-prepared, you are ready to install your bamboo flooring by gluing it down. It is always a good measure to ensure that you leave a 10mm expansion gap around the edges of the room. This will facilitate natural occurrences of expansion and contraction without causing damage to your flooring.
For starters, you can use flexible flooring adhesive like Sika MS to glue your bamboo flooring down onto your plywood subfloor. Sika MS is basically a high quality, modified silicone-type adhesive. It is great for bonding wooden floors to many types of common substrates while remaining elastic.
Always ensure that the first row is secure and straight then proceed with the rest of the room. If you are work with a click fitting system, glue the bamboo planks onto the plywood as you click and lock them into position. If your bamboo flooring comes with a tongue and groove profile, then simply fit the grooves and tongue together while gluing the planks down to your plywood subfloor.
Using secret nailing or secret screwing
Secret nailing involves the process of sinking the nail all the way under the surface of a wood. These are the finishing nails which will be hidden underneath the wood’s surface. This way, they are unable to interfere with the fitting of the next floorboard.
Float your bamboo floor over an underlay
Firstly, flooring underlayment is not to be confused as a finish floor or the subfloor. A flooring underlay occupies the middle portion in the anatomy of the whole flooring. As flooring can be made up of many different layers, an underlay is a hard, thin layer of cement board or wood upon which the finish, or top, flooring can rest. While underlayment is not needed in floors all the time, it can help contribute for better overall flooring.
Here are some of the things that underlayment can do for you:
• Provides a more viable place for ceramic tiles to stick, or other flooring types that need adhesive or mortar than just subfloors.
• Creates a smoother surface for the finish floor than a subfloor.
When you do lay your underlay, you can easily click your bamboo floor planks together over it. As an added alternative, you choose to use WPVA glue to glue the tongue and groove joints (if your bamboo flooring shares this profile) while loosely laying over the underlay.
Here are some of the most effective ways to fit your bamboo flooring onto plywood subfloors. If you have any question pertaining to bamboo flooring in Mississauga, don’t hesitate to call us at 905.281.2900. We are looking forward to be of assistance to you!