Bamboo Flooring 101 01:02

Here are the DIY Basics for bamboo flooring 101.

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Step 1

Tools & Materials

Bamboo flooring
Bamboo nailer or glue
Flooring nails or cleats
Chalk line

Step 2

Facts about Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is usually less expensive than hardwoods like oak, maple, or hickory and is just as hard.

There are two basic types of bamboo boards: solid bamboo is made of strips pressed together; engineered is thin layers glued to other woods and tends to be stronger than solid.

Both types come in three styles: horizontal bamboo is strips layered with glue for knuckled look of bamboo grass; vertical is glued strips turned on side for linear look; woven is fiber strands compressed without glue to form exotic patterns.

Install bamboo as you would hardwood.

Pro Tip

Bamboo is a form of giant grass that matures in five years and doesn’t need replanting.

Horizontal and vertical bamboo are more traditional, while strand bamboo offers a greater variety of colors.

Bamboo’s insect- and water-resistance makes it good choice for basement or kitchen.