Basic installation tools needed for a bamboo flooring project include a handsaw, measuring tape, hammer, crow or pull bar, tapping block, chalk line, pencil and 1/4-inch wood or plastic spacers. If performing a nail-down installation, additional tools needed include a nail gun that works on hardwood floors and a nail application chart.
Glue installations require the recommended flooring adhesive and an adhesive trowel. Additional tools required for floating installation are 6-mil poly film foam underlayment, poly or duct tape and PVAC glue.
It is important to take pre-installation measures before installing bamboo flooring. This includes checking to ensure the floor is structurally sound. The floor must be cleaned to remove all traces of debris, dirt, paint, adhesive, grease and wax. The sub-floor level must also be completely dry before beginning the project.
It is essential to pull up old nails and staples from existing flooring. If the flooring is being installed in an upstairs room above downstairs lighting, the lighting fixtures must be removed as a precaution to avoid potential damage. Bamboo flooring looks its best when it is laid parallel to the longest wall in the room, in straight lines. The flooring layout plan should be tested before the final installation by dry laying two or three rows of planks in the desired direction. This confirms that the layout plan is a good one.