Should we float, glue or nail our bamboo flooring?

mom2cohenAugust 23, 2010

To clarify, I mean....

Should we have our installer float, glue or nail down our strand bamboo flooring? We just purchased the Distressed Fossilized Java Bamboo from Cali Bamboo and we will be laying it over a concrete subfloor.

So, we have absolutely no idea what the best method is to lay the floors. The sales guy said they do not recommend one way over the other and that it was up to us and our installer. Any thoughts?

I know that if we do the nail down method we will have to lay a wood subfloor first.

Please help! Thanks

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echoflooring

Glue works so well.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2010 at 9:03PM
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idrive65

Assuming your installer a professional floor installer (not a brother-in-law moonlighting for cash) and is familiar with your house and the flooring you bought, what does he recommend?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2010 at 9:32AM
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uniquewoodfloors

Glue down should be the only choice if you do not decide to add subfloor. I do think it is a good idea to float solid stranded Bamboo.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 12:57AM
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uniquewoodfloors

Sorry I meant: "I don't think it is a good idea to float solid stranded Bamboo."

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    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 1:47PM
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svs128

We recently installed country woven strand bamboo with a coffee stain in our kitchen. My husband, a GC and our friend, owner of a local flooring business, used glue. The outcome was great and having no nail holes is great.

From my experience I learned that nailing some bamboo is not an option due to how thin the boards can be.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 8:34PM
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uniquewoodfloors

svs128,
May I assume that you glue down the bamboo to the subfloor? Thank you.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 10:25PM
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floorguy

Stranded is a gluedown only product.

It is too hard to get a fastener through it, and it shrinks and swells too much for floating with just glue at the T&G joint.

They are however, making a glueless click with the stuff for floating only... but the jury is out on that stuff. Works good in some climates and a disaster in others.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2011 at 2:22PM
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