If you are looking for an earth-friendly home improvement project, you should consider installing bamboo flooring. Bamboo flooring is gorgeous, just as regular hardwood, but it will not harm the environment. Bamboo is an attractive alternative to hardwood, without killing any trees. When you harvest bamboo, it does not harm the initial mother plant, because it can be harvested over and over again. It only takes 5 years for this amazing grass bamboo to reach full maturity. On the other hand, wood can take up to 25 years to reach full maturity, and once you cut the tree down, it will not grow back. So why not install this gorgeous, environmentally friendly flooring throughout your home.

Getting Prepared

Step 1: The first thing you will need to do is properly measure the room in which you are installing the bamboo flooring. Purchase enough flooring for your entire room, adding an additional 10 percent to your measurements.

Step 2: You will now need to clean the room completely out. This means everything from heaters to baseboards, until you have an empty room that is ready for installation. I recommend that you remove doors as well, including those that are on closets.

Step 3: It is now time to get your old floor fully prepared for this project. You will need to make sure that everything is completely level. You many need to buy a compound for leveling to ensure that all cracks are filled in, and level. Also, check to make sure that there is not any loose floor joists that may need screwed in.

Step 4: Now you will need to carry your boxes of the flooring into the room you are working on. Open all of the boxes, and spread the contents out so they can have exposure to the air. You will need to leave them like this for approximately 72 hours. This is to allow the flooring to become adapted to the room temperature that it will be installed in.

Installing the Bamboo Flooring

Step 1: Consider which way you would like for your floor to run. A lot of people prefer the floors to run the length of their room, especially in large rooms. If you room is not so big, for a unique touch, you may consider having it run the opposite way. This all depends on your own personal preference.

Step 2: Now it is time to measure your room again. This time however, it is to see how many boards will fit properly, going the way that you decided. Once you determine how many complete boards you need, then you will need to decide how many partial boards should be used. You can divide the remaining space in half to determine this number. You should try to ensure that each side has the same amount of partial boards, rather than having them all on one side. This will even up the room perfectly.

Step 3: Now it is time to install the underlay of your floor. This is an important step to help reduce noise and creaks in the new bamboo floor, as well as soften it. In order to do this, you need to lay out each piece individually until your whole floor is covered. Importantly, do not overlap the pieces.

Step 4: Installing the bamboo flooring is just as simple as installing regular hardwood flooring. Your bamboo flooring will come with an instruction manual from the manufacturer, and this is to be followed properly for best results. First, you will have to set the nails. This is done by nailing row 1 and 2 to the bottom of the grooves that interlock. The rows that follow, you will need to use ring shank nails and a hardwood hammer that you should pick up when you purchase your flooring. These nails should be spaced out every 8 inches for best results.

Step 5: Make sure that you have offset seams. At the end of a row, you will cut the board and use it to begin the next row. Measure each board two times for best results. Repeat this process until your entire floor is complete. It is important to view every board for impurities before you use it. Please give yourself plenty of time for installing bamboo flooring. It is a time consuming project, and it is important that you work very slowly.

Step 6: Now that you are done installing your bamboo flooring, there are just a few more things you should do to finish up. Inspect the floor very carefully for uneven or buckled sections, as well as damaged ends. Once you have done this, and fixed any mistakes, it is time to put back all the trim, doors, and moldings. When everything is properly reinstalled, it is time to clean up your mess. This includes any tools or remaining scraps. It is a good idea to save remaining scraps for future use. Finally, replace all of your furniture very carefully, without dragging it across your new floor.

Installing bamboo flooring can be a very rewarding job when you are complete. It will look beautiful, along with being environmentally friendly. Treat your new floor with caution. Bamboo a very durable material, however, will dent or scratch the same as a hardwood floor will do. Now it is time to enjoy your new floor.