With bamboo flooring you have two options of installing it. One is the glue down, the other is nailing it to the plywood. However, just make sure that you are using some form of glazed floor tiles, you do not want to use the ceramic tiles that are used most commonly on bathroom walls and such. Glazed flooring tiles are coated which makes them virtually impossible to penetrate due to the longer firing times spent in the kiln. We all know that bamboo is a renewable resource, but thanks mostly to it’s qualities of eco-friendliness, it’s making a tremendous comeback.
Because they are typically fired much longer than ceramic tiles, that glaze gives the tiles some serious hardness and helps it withstand much more to the wear and tear of basically any flooring application, especially in the basement. Towards the end of your floating hardwood floor installation task, the space left will need your pulling iron and the hammer to draw the planks together.
It is a bit more labor intensive than installing laminate or engineered flooring and will take a little bit more time as you work to get the tiles in their squared-off patterns, but if done right makes an excellent basement flooring idea. Plus, typical bamboo reaches maturity at around 4 – 5 years old and can then live and be harvested anywhere from 30 to 120 years thereafter. I saved this one for last as it’s certainly a flooring option, just one that might not be suitable for a basement.
I just wouldn’t consider this as an option for most homes as there’s just so much that could go wrong, and with the cost and look and feel of alternative hardwood flooring like laminates and engineered, why take that chance with hardwoods in a basement. Now start to attach the floating flooring planks by using an adhesive between the joints of the wood planks. During installation of floating hardwood floors, it is a great idea to measure at least 2 times, so you don’t end up with too many off-cuts or pieces that will become useless scraps of hardwood.
After completing the installation of floating hardwood floors, you must fit in your base moldings or skirting, transitions and trims to cover the spaces left at the edges for expansion. There is no doubt that it is currently one of the most popular flooring choices in the United States. Marmoleum is a versatile flooring material that can be used to design intricate patterns as well as all over color on any floor.