Bamboo Flooring

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Blog entry by francis posted 12-07-2013 12:07 AM 797 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished my downstaires with Bamboo flooring. I had to lay down half inch plywood firrt due to it being a concrete floor. Some of the joints have moved are have left a bout 1/8 inch gap. Any body knows how to maybe sweat them togeather or make them look better?

-- Francis

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#1 posted 12-07-2013 01:36 AM

You might get more answers if you ask this in the forum, probably in the “skillshare” section. And tell them some more details – is it floating or nailed or glued down to the plywood, how much gap around the walls, solid bamboo or laminate etc.

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#2 posted 12-07-2013 03:50 AM

I’ve installed several bamboo floors and we would fill the gaps with caulk that was a color similar to the bamboo ie cedar tan you can get it in the paint section at lowes or home depot. Bamboo behaves differently than wood floors do I would not try to steam it or anything like that. It’s best to let the product acclimate for up to 3 weeks before installing it that will help prevent the gaps. I also suggest a vapor barrier as moisture will wick right up the plywood and into your bamboo from the slab. I hope that helps.

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#3 posted 12-07-2013 03:20 PM

I own a flooring store and may be able to help you out, but I need a little more information. Is the bamboo installed in a basement or first floor of the house. I’m not sure if downstairs means basement or just first floor of your house. Also, where are you located in the country? Were there gaps when you installed it from the getgo or are they starting to now. How long has the flooring been down? Did you glue or nail to the plywood. It could be a number of things depending on the conditions that have caused the issue and different ways to fix it depending on how the floor is installed. Did you acclimate the floor to your home before installing. Etc etc

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#4 posted 12-07-2013 07:18 PM

Thank you all for the quick replies. The bamboo is over my bottom floor,which is concrete. We live in Salem, Or. which pretty much rains 9 months a year , and get very cold in the winter.The flooring is tounge and grove, so I it is floating.It was acclimated several days downstairs. I also used a vapor barrier too.Some of the planks were slightly warped also.
Thanks, Francis

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