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Installing Floating Click & Lock Bamboo Floors

How to Install

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Note: Use this method for engineered click lock flooring. Only use these instructions a reference as there are a variety of click lock bamboo styles. Always follow the instructions provided by your specific flooring manufacturer.

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Install the First Row

Take extra time when installing the first row of click and lock bamboo. It is essential that this row be straight, even if the walls are not.

  1. Along the longest wall, measure out your expansion spacing in at least two places. Snap a chalk line between the various points.
  2. Lay out the click lock bamboo with the groove toward the wall but do not click together yet. Add spacers between the flooring and the wall. Make sure this first row is completely straight. Scribe fit (if necessary) so that the bamboo matches the contours in the wall.
  3. Once satisfied with the fit, click and lock the first row of bamboo together.
  4. At the end of the wall, measure and cut a plank to fit. Use a pinch bar (if necessary) to fit the last board in place. Place a spacer at the end of the first row.
  5. Evaluate the first row to ensure it is straight and level. Adjust where needed.

Install the Main Part of the Floor

  1. Use a partial board (it should be at least 8"–10" in length) to start the second row.
  2. Click and lock boards together as you did with the first row.
  3. Work your way across the floor until you reach the last row.

Install the Last Row

  1. Measure out your expansion spacing in at least two places along the wall. Snap a chalk line between these positions.
  2. Dry fit the last row by laying out the click lock bamboo with the tongue or cut part of the board toward the wall. Scribe fit (if necessary) so that the click lock bamboo flooring matches the contours in the wall. Make sure this last row is completely straight.
  3. Once satisfied with the fit, click and lock each plank in the last row together.
  4. At the end of the wall, measure and cut a click lock bamboo plank to fit. Use a pinch bar (if necessary) to fit the last board in place. Place a spacer at the end of the first row.
  5. Evaluate the last row to ensure it is straight and level. Adjust where needed.

Your click lock bamboo floor does not need any time to set. Once you lock the last board into place, you can remove all spacers and begin using your new bamboo floor.


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