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How To Level Your Subfloors For Bamboo Flooring

Wood floors are one of the biggest trends sweeping across residential home remodeling. Not only do they increase the immediate sellability of a home because of their increased popularity as styles turn to Eco-friendly, modern minimalism, wood floors are becoming easier and easier to maintain. They are also increasingly within the scope of homeowners’ budgets: wooden boards for floors of all styles are becoming affordable, and new slat and fitted board designs are giving homeowners the option of installing their own floors without relying on a service. If you’re about to begin renovating your home’s floors with bamboo boards or you are planning out how to redo your flooring around cabinets and kitchen islands, here is how to keep your flooring level.

How To Level Your Subfloors For Bamboo Flooring

How can you level your subfloors to provide an even, flat surface?

  • If you have a concrete subfloor: The first step is to remove loose and chipping bits of concrete of the floor. This may be the principal cause of the unevenness, but adding self-leveling concrete is best in order to ensure that the surface is level as possible before you install your bamboo. Seal any cracks with concrete filler, and then evenly distribute self-leveling concrete across the portion of the subfloor you’re repairing. Because the mixture is relatively soupy, it will spread across the area and level out. However, if you moving from the corners of a room to the middle or vice versa, be certain you are pouring the mixture evenly so you don’t create or exaggerate large dips.
  • If you have a wooden subfloor: You can also use self-leveling floor patcher for wooden subfloors in order to fill in dips and large patches of uneven wood. This will be common in high traffic areas or places where moisture has collected since this can cause the floor to warp or get worn down. If your subfloor has humps or raised patches, sand those portions down to create an even surface.

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Tips for Installing Floating Floors Near Your Kitchen Island

Bamboo flooring comes in two general varieties: solid wood flooring which is nailed or glued down to secure it to the sub floor layer, and floating floors which interlock but aren’t secured to the sub floor itself so they can expand and contract naturally.

Tips for Installing Floating Floors Near Your Kitchen Island

How should you install bamboo flooring around kitchen cabinets and islands?

If you have solid, secured bamboo flooring, then it can be installed across the whole of your kitchen floor. Then you can secure both kitchen cabinets and your kitchen island directly onto the new floor using either nails or adhesive. However, if you are going to install floating wood floors as part of your renovation project, just install the panels around the cabinetry. You can cut the wooden panels for a snug, tailored fit around their corners and edges, but the floor can’t be installed under them. Securing down just a portion of any floating floor when the boards have been designed to allow for breathing and expansion and contraction can limit their natural settling and damage connection points between the secured and floating portions. This is referred to as a pinch point and will eventually result in buckling.

If you’re completely remodeling your kitchen with new cabinets and an entirely new design with a floating floor, level the concrete subfloor and install the cabinets before you install the bamboo floor. Installing the floor in this order will give you an easier time of leveling and preparing the surface, and it also means no portion of your cabinets or a kitchen island will accidentally rest on and restrict the floors.

Bamboo floors are a beautiful addition to a kitchen and all throughout a house. But, whether you’re installing a solid, secured flooring or a floating bamboo floor, knowing how to approach tricky corners and installments before you get started is the best way to make your completed project look sharp, neat, and sellable for years to come. Go to First US Floors to get started.

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Why Do Level Subfloors Matter, and What Is Considered ‘Level’?

Bamboo flooring is made out of interlocking boards that float on top of an under layer, or vapor barrier, that acts as a cushioning layer between your bamboo boards and the previously existing concrete, tile, or wood flooring. This thin foam pad can sometimes correct for slight imperfections and dips in the existing floor in order to stabilize your bamboo, but on its own, it can’t correct for large patches of unevenness.

Having a level surface for your bamboo floor is essential in order to not put undue pressure on the tongue and groove connection points; if these edges are floating over uneven flooring dips, the grooves can crack over time and the boards will crack with them. Or, if your existing floor has humps where the surface rises, the connecting edges can start to slip apart and fully separate.

When you’re putting down your underlayer, carefully measure the subfloor to ensure that there are no sharp dips or humps and that the floor is flat to within 3/16″ over a ten-foot radius. This is the maximum of flatness deviation recommended for long-lasting floors, and you should pay particular care when measuring near high-traffic areas for patches that come close to that limit. If you do find imperfections and uneven points, they will need to be prepared prior to installing the bamboo floor.

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Five Impressive Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is a great, eco-friendly choice for anyone who loves the rainforest but has a soft spot for hardwood floors too. Here are five things you should know about bamboo floors:

Five Impressive Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

1. Environmentally Friendly 

Bamboo flooring is about as ‘green’ as it gets. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource that, when cut down for flooring, won’t take decades to replenish itself. The rapid growth of bamboo plants means that the environmental impact of making bamboo flooring is kept considerably lower than other flooring materials.

2. Price Point

While it’s certainly possible to may a lot of higher-end bamboo floors, it’s by no means necessary. While it will be more expensive than carpeting, its price is by no means overblown when compared to other hardwood.

3. Aesthetics

Speaking of looks, even cheap bamboo can add a subtle touch of class to any home. Bamboo is available in a variety of shades and grains, meaning that you should be able to match your floors to your existing style without much trouble.

4. Durability

Bamboo flooring usually carries a 25-year guarantee once it’s installed. It can handle high-traffic areas with ease and is even slightly more resistant to water damage and staining. Bamboo is a highly adaptable material and can be installed in many different climates.

5. Easy Install

If done by professionals, bamboo can be installed in just a few hours in most homes.

Does bamboo flooring sound like the right choice for you? Contact us at First US Floors or come to our showroom today! We’re proud to serve Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Dallas, Lewisville, and surrounding areas.