Bamboo: Professional or DIY Installation?
The difficulty of installing bamboo flooring varies depending on the type of flooring purchased and the base onto which the flooring is to be applied. Learning about the process is the first step in deciding if hiring a pro or doing a bamboo DIY installation is best. As there are many types of bamboo flooring, it is important to look at the time and equipment requirements for the flooring that will be used to get an accurate picture of the work that is involved.
Using a Professional Installer
For most people, using a professional to install the flooring is the most efficient option. The tools and equipment required to install flooring can be extensive. Additionally, the time and effort necessary to complete a project may be out of reach for someone with a busy schedule. If a bamboo DIY project is not appealing, there are several questions you should ask potential installers before choosing one.
The installer needs to be licensed and insured to work in your area and have experience dealing with the type of bamboo flooring that will be installed. Ask for references and pictures of finished work. Details of the warranty and what are covered need to be provided before a contract is signed so both parties are clear on what is covered.
The two most difficult types of flooring to install are the glue-down and staple or nail-down bamboo flooring. The glue-down method affixes the flooring to the sub-floor with a strong adhesive. The staple or nail-down method affixed to the sub-floor with special flooring staples or nails. Because these are a bit more difficult, using an experienced professional will make the project move more quickly.
For some people, the do it yourself flooring installation is a great choice. People who have experience installing flooring or who enjoy a remodeling project are well suited to this task. With some previous experience and enthusiasm, the installation of bamboo flooring is certainly a task worth undertaking. For those who do wish to try this on their own the easiest bamboo flooring installation option is called “floating.” This type of flooring does not require nails or glue to affix the product to the sub-floor, but still provides a finished product that is beautiful and durable.
There are two types of floating bamboo floors, click and glue. The click flooring, also known as snap lock, is quite popular with those who wish to install their own flooring. These pieces click together. The glued floaters require the application of an adhesive into the grooves of the boards during the installation process. Both methods have been found to be durable, however, the glueless-click flooring is rising in popularity.
Regardless of which method you choose, bamboo flooring is a great investment. The durability and beauty of the bamboo flooring will add aesthetic and monetary value to your home. Professional and do it yourself installation can both result in a high quality finished product. Making the decision of whether to do it yourself or to hire a professional is one that revolves entirely around experience, convenience and expediency.