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How do I float a Bamboo Floor?

Floating a bamboo floor is probably the most common way to fit the flooring planks.  A floating floor is a floor that has been laid on top of an underlay and is not fixed to the ground.  This method of installation allows the floor to move naturally and gives a more cushioned feel under foot.  There are two different ways to float a bamboo floor depending on which fitting system you have:

 

How do I float a bamboo click fitting floor

You must first lay out your underlay throughout the entire room.  Next, use some flooring spacers to ensure you leave the correct size expansion gap around the edge of the room.  Start to lay you bamboo flooring by clicking and locking each plank into place.  Remember to stagger the planks to achieve your intended design.

Silver Bam Underlay Silver Bam Underlay

How do I float a bamboo tongue and groove bamboo flooring

Like above, firstly lay out your underlay throughout the entire room.  Next, use some flooring spacers to ensure you leave the correct size expansion gap around the edge of the room. Start to lay your bamboo flooring by gluing the tongue and groove joints together using a WPVA glue.  The planks of flooring do not need to be glued to the underlay.  Remember to stagger the planks to achieve your intended design.

Person installing bamboo flooring against wall Floating a bamboo floor over underlay

Remember to prepare your subfloor thoroughly

Whichever type of bamboo flooring you have, you must always fully prepare your subfloor.  This is an essential part of fitting any floor.  The main things to remember are to check that your subfloor is flat, level, clean and dry.  Please read the following article for further information: How to prepare my subfloor.

Also, always read the fitting instructions that are enclosed in the boxes of flooring.

 

Quick guide to floating a bamboo floor:

  • Read the instructions supplied with your flooring
  • Fully prepare your subfloor
  • Allow your bamboo floor to acclimatise before installation
  • Leave an expansion gap
  • Lay out your underlay
  • Loose lay your bamboo flooring over the top of the underlay
  • Add bamboo flooring accessories to cover over the expansion gap
  • Clean your floor before using it