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Should we float, glue or nail our bamboo flooring?

Posted by mom2cohen (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 23, 10 at 9:09

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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RE: Should we float, glue or nail our bamboo flooring?

Glue works so well.


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RE: Should we float, glue or nail our bamboo flooring?

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?


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RE: Should we float, glue or nail our bamboo flooring?

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.


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RE: Should we float, glue or nail our bamboo flooring?

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


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RE: Should we float, glue or nail our bamboo flooring?

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.


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RE: Should we float, glue or nail our bamboo flooring?

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


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RE: Should we float, glue or nail our bamboo flooring?

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.


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