Bamboo flooring has been taken to be so durable and extremely beautiful in comparison to hardwood flooring. It is an environmentally friendly option which offers for resilience, cost-effectiveness, and strength. However, despite how best bamboo floors are, they are usually prone to damage. Therefore an immediate effect is necessary to repair these floors so to maintain the aesthetic feature to the owner.
- Materials Needed
- Nail Gun or Screw
- Tape measure
- Circular saw
- Pry bar
- Plywood sheets
- How to Replace a Bamboo Floor
Bamboo floor planks usually resemble some hardwood floors like maple and oak and are mostly installed in the same way. In case of damage to these planks of a bamboo floor, they are capable of being repaired in many ways like the traditional hardwood floors. Therefore, damaged planks that require more than cleaning or touching can be replaced by following these steps;
First, you have found out the method of installation of the bamboo floor. For instance, if the floor is secured into the subfloor using a nailed down, stapled down or glued down method, and the requirement is replacing one even plank, the work will be quite complex. This one will demand a special attention for replacing the plank since a simple mistake will ruin the floor. Therefore, in this case, it is advisable to hire a professional to replace it.
For the case where the method of installation is the nailed-down method, the respective planks can either be installed through ‘Face Nailing’ or ‘Blind Nailing’ technique. ‘Blind Nailing’ technique involves spacing of nails approximately 5-8 inches from each other and these nails need to be driven a bit distance down for removing the planks. For the second method, ‘Face Nailing’ technique, it involves driving of nails straight down via the top of the respective planks and requires you to look for wood filler spots of small sizes for locating the nails.
Next thing is marking the location and size of the particular planks that you need to replace. Here you can decide either to remove the damaged section of plank from the nearest end or remove the affected area in between the ends of the affected plank. Immediately after marking, you are supposed to draw a reference line crosswise the plank followed by drilling small holes that are in a row alongside the line into the plank that needs replacement.
The next step is chiselling out between the holes that you drilled until the bamboo plank is split. It is advisable to split the plank into half first and then separate it if you need to remove the whole plank. After which, you need to clean up the remaining pieces or any edges by either using a sharp wood chisel, steady hand and hammer. Also, cleaning up of splinters or debris left on the sub-floor is necessary. Finally, exposed nails are supposed to be removed or driven away into the sub-flooring.
After cleaning up, you cut the replacement piece into precise length. For purpose of inserting the piece accurately into the empty space, one section of the tongue and groove requires being removed. Also before deciding on any cuts, the board needs to be lined up. Then you apply a glue or a flooring adhesive to the bottom side of the plank or ‘face nail’ the plank to the respective sub-floor. After this, you the remaining tongue and groove edge into the plank and then you drop it into the place smoothly. For the case of the ‘face nailing’ method, applying filler, wood, sand and then countersinking the nails for matching with the rest of flooring is important. Thus, that is the easiest ways of replacing your bamboo floors.