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Strand woven bamboo flooring is a great bargain for the consumer and the environment. It costs less than hardwood flooring and it is more environmentally friendly than any other type of flooring. The reason why strand woven bamboo is so green is that it is made from a renewable resource. Bamboo only takes four or five years to reach maturity, whereas a hardwood tree takes between 50 and 130 years to mature. And of all the types of bamboo flooring on the market strand woven bamboo flooring is the best because it is the hardest and most durable.


Another benefit of strand woven bamboo flooring is that it is easy to install. Being able to install the flooring by yourself will save you considerable money. The easiest type of installation for strand woven bamboo flooring is a floating installation over a concrete subfloor.


The first thing to do before installation is to take the planks of strand woven bamboo flooring out of the box and leave it in the room where you intend to install them. Leave the flooring for at least 72 hours to acclimatize to the humidity in the room. This is vital to make the flooring stable.


Next you must clear the concrete subfloor of any debris and dust. If it is uneven then hire a concrete grinder to smooth any bumps. Then test the concrete to make sure it is dry. Use a dampness testing kit for this. If the subfloor is damp apply a waterproof mastic with a trowel. Once you are satisfied that the subfloor is clean and dry you are ready to start the floating installation of your strand woven bamboo flooring.


Place spacers along the starting wall and lay the first row of flooring planks. Make sure to place the tongue facing out and the groove against the wall. If one plank doesn't cover the whole span of the room then measure the gap with a tape measure and use a rip saw to cut a piece of strand woven bamboo flooring to size. Use a pry bar to get the piece in place. Remember to put spacers at the end of every row of flooring planks.


If the remaining piece of cut flooring is longer than 8 inches than use it to start the next line of flooring. Before you start the second row, use a glue gun to put a line of adhesive along the showing tongue of the last line of flooring. Then fit the next line of flooring, again cutting a piece of bamboo to fit the gap if there is one. Once the line is completed then use a rubber mallet to tap the flooring together.


Continue adding rows of flooring until you get to the last row. Measure the remaining width. Use a rip saw to cut the final row of planks to fit the space.


If the door doesn't easily open after the floating installation then take the door off its hinges and shave off a few millimeters from the bottom of the door so it clears the flooring.


Finally, leave the strand woven bamboo flooring for 48 hours to let the adhesive dry. It is best to use a low VOC or VOC free adhesive as this is healthier. And there you have it. It is not a difficult DIY job to do a floating installation. It takes less than a day and the strand woven bamboo flooring will last you a life time with due care and attention.