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Bamboo Flooring Accessories can enhance the appearance of your bamboo flooring and help it look complete; much like a tie completes a suit. What are accessories and do you need them? These questions about bamboo flooring accessories are answered below. They include discussing trims and moldings such as baseboards and quarterrounds. Find out if you need an underlayment for sound or moisture protection, or perhaps both. Going to do a glue down flooring installation and need the write bamboo adhesive, or maybe you are going to nail down the floor but dont know the right bamboo floor fasteners to buy. Consider adding the following accessories to your flooring project and your bamboo flooring will look its best.
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Bamboo trims and moldings perform various functions and help to give you flooring a finished or completed look. The most common trims and moldings:
An underlayment can help minimize sound transmission and/or provide added moisture protection as a barrier between your subfloor and bamboo. While there are underlayments that can act as both a sound and moisture barrier, some underlayments can only do one or the other.
When installing bamboo floors, it's important to use the adhesive recommended by the manufacturer or another top–of–the–line product. This is important because a tightly installed bamboo floor will increase your floor's longevity by helping to prevent moisture damage. In addition, certain adhesives contain a small amount of water, which is highly discouraged with bamboo flooring installation.
When it comes to bamboo adhesives, there's no such thing as one size fits all. Certain types of glues are applied to the sub–floor while others are designed specifically for joining tongue and groove bamboo planks. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines or ask your local flooring professional what their recommendations are for the type of bamboo floors you plan to install.
Engineered flooring is most commonly installed using the floating method, in which no adhesive is used between the bamboo and subfloor. However, for traditional tongue and groove engineered bamboo flooring, adhesive may be required in the groove to hold each piece of flooring together. Click and lock engineered bamboo floors can be assembled without requiring any adhesive.
Many flooring adhesives have different drying times, so it's important to read the instructions before beginning installation. Certain flooring adhesives may allow you to apply an entire coat in one section prior to laying down the planks; others may have faster drying times and require application in small sections at a time.
Solid bamboo flooring is generally nailed or stapled down to the sub–floor. In some cases it can also be glued down. Always check manufacturer's guidelines before installing a floor to ensure the method you choose is covered by their warranty. There are many types of staple and nail guns (fastener equipment) currently available on the market. Each type of floor fastening equipment is available in either nail or staple application and is powered either manually (you) or by an air compressor (pneumatic).
It's important that the plate size (the area that makes contact with the bamboo flooring) of the fastening equipment matches the style and width of the floor you're installing. The wrong plate size could damage your floors.
In addition to varying types of fasteners, there are also multiple choices when it comes to nails (called cleats in the flooring industry) and staples. Refer to the manufacturer's guidelines or speak with a floor covering professional for nail and staple recommendations specific to bamboo flooring.
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