Bamboo Installation Tips
APPLICATIONSBamboo Floor can be installed on concrete, tiles, existing timber floors, plywood or particle board as long as the floor is structurally sound, clean, level and dry. Bamboo Floor is recommended for internal use only, and should not be installed in wet areas like bathrooms or laundries or in external environments exposed to the elements.
Eco family bamboo is fitted just like a laminate floor with a big parallel click mechanism. The end of the board is shaped as a “drop lock” which makes installing very easy indeed. The wide board can be floated on underlay.
PRE_INSTALLATIONImportant: Please carefully inspect all material before installation.
Pre-finished Bamboo Flooring should only be installed in the final stages of completion of a construction project with all trades people having left the site. All work involving water or moisture should be completed prior to installation (cement work, plastering, painting, plumbing, and tiling etc). Should this not be the case, installation should be delayed to avoid damage to the coating of the Bamboo Flooring.
The building should be roofed and enclosed with the temperature and humidity as close as possible to in-service conditions including the use of air conditioning. Flooring should be delivered at least 2-3 days prior to installation and the boxes opened to allow the Bamboo Floor to adjust to normal room temperature and humidity. Avoid installing Bamboo Floor in very damp or humid conditions.Air conditioning should be running at least 2 days before and during installation.
ACCLIMATIZATIONBamboo flooring must be allowed to acclimatize on-site a minimum of 72 hours in advance of installation. Open each box and remove shrink-wrap completely. During the acclimatization period, it is important that temperature and humidity levels must be maintained in accordance with those expected to exist after installation . During storage and installation, maintain temperature and relative humidity to level consistent to the conditions that will prevail when building is occupied. Heating or air conditioning should be used for and appropriate length of time prior and during installation. With improper acclimatization, the floor could noticeably expand or contract after installation.
CONCRETE SUBSTRATE PREPERATIONConcrete Substrate must be on or above grade. Concrete is required to be sound, smooth, level and flat with a maximum variation of 3mm in 2 meters. Fill any low spots with appropriate filler and scrape and high spots. Subfloor must be properly cured and tested for moisture content. Before moisture testing begins, the concrete slab must be MINIMUM of 30 days old. Testing of slabs less than 30 days old can produce inaccurate, unreliable results; PH testing should be done on all slabs regardless of age.
INSTALLATIONFlooring should be square with the space, running parallel to longest room dimension. 12mm to 15mm expansion space must be left around entire perimeter. Ensure that the panels are laid towards the strongest light source. Use of proper equipment will improve overall quality of installation.
FLOATING INSTALLTIONImportant: Only wide board may be floated. Moisture protection is required over any subfloor when floating the floor.
If required, remove any skirting, quarter round or doorway thresholds that may be in place. Doorway architraves should be undercut to allow the flooring to fit neatly when installed. This is best done using a hand saw. A piece of underlay and flooring placed against the architrave will act as a guide for height. Unroll the underlay so that all ends and sides fit neatly against the wall. Seams between lengths should also butt together so that no overlap occurs. Tape all ends, sides and seams with waterproof tape to ensure the water vapor barrier properties of the underlay are maintained. The underlay should be laid at 90 degrees to the intended direction of the flooring.
Start planks square with the room and parallel to the longest dimension but leaving 10-15mm expansion space from the wall. Spacers approximately 600mm apart or near the plank ends should be left between the floor boards and the wall structure. Place the groove to the wall. "when starting the second row ensure that the first plank is no shorter than 45cms to ensure an even pattern over the floor.
Natural PropertiesFading: Bamboo contains organic pigments. Just like other wooden products, bamboo will fade and should never be exposed directly to sunlight. Where possible, use drapes or other systems to protect your floor from excessive light.
Joints: Bamboo reacts to the conditions in the environment just like any other wooden product. Wood floor systems expand and contract in response to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Controlling the environment, maintaining an adequate temperature and relative humidity will minimize the visible effects of normal contraction and expansion.