Installing Black Bamboo Flooring
Black Bamboo Flooring is environmentally friendly and cheap, compared with other types of wood flooring. Bamboo grows so quickly and in such abundance that it can be cut and made into flooring slats without exhausting its supply. They are pretty hard, and even prone to absorb moisture, resist wear.
Black Bamboo Flooring is traditional installation involves using ordinary untreated bamboo slats. This is the cheaper way to do things, but much more hands-on. It is best left to an experienced carpenter. The bamboo will as usual wooden slats several inches in width and ¾ inches thick. The subfloor on which they will be placed must be swept, vacuumed and prepared. If there are bare concrete, a single layer of treated plywood have to put down to cover the entire floor and attach with masonry nails to embed it in concrete below. A sheet of 15-lb. asphalt felt paper, glued in place over this to prevent the bamboo from warping due to sudden changes in temperature or moisture seeping up from below. The bamboo slats should be left in the room for 3 days to acclimatize to the humidity level before installation. Then they should be set side by side to neatly cover the entire floor without leaving gaps anywhere. Finishing nails should be driven through the slats of plywood below, and make sure that the nail heads are flush with bamboo. With this done, bamboo can be stained to a color of the owner’s choice, and then painted with a final sealant for storing grain.
Pre-assembled Black Bamboo Flooring comes in boxes of sealed wood. They are not solid wood, but instead consist of layered wood laminate, as they would have on the countertops. They are easier to install, but a little expensive considering the extra cost of production. The sub floor should be swept clean and then a layer of 15-lb. felt paper should be glued over it. This will help to reduce the squeaking of the wood and prevent moisture from affecting the wood.