Not all of bamboo flooring’s problems arise from the inherent qualities of bamboo. There are several installation precautions that you need to take, and most of them are very similar to the requirements for installing real hardwood flooring.
The greatest concern is moisture. If the bamboo is not adequately acclimated, or if the environment is too damp, then your floor will be nothing but a headache. But you can go too far in the other direction as well. A dry climate can be just as hard on bamboo flooring as a wet one. Depending on your local climate, acclimation can take anywhere from a few days to a couple months.
You must be careful when securing bamboo to the subfloor. If you are using nails or staples, it can be easy to damage the bamboo thanks to its less than stellar toughness. For glue-down installations, care must be taken to keep the surface clean. If glue does get on the surface of the floor, it can be carefully removed, but this is a hassle best avoided.
One installation risk that is unique to the bamboo flooring industry is formaldehyde off-gassing. If you ever need to cut or sand bamboo flooring, you would do well to wear a mask and protect your skin. Because bamboo flooring is often impregnated with formaldehyde, the stench alone can be unbearable, not to mention the adverse health effects caused by the pungent chemical.
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