F.A.Q.

Can bamboo be laid directly to joists?

No, most bamboo boards are manufactured at 14-15mm thickness. Whilst bamboo is quite dense (especially strand woven), you need at least 19mm for structural support. It is best to lay a structural particle board or similar and lay over that.

Can bamboo be refinished?

Yes. Most bamboo can be sanded and recoated up to 3-4 times depending on the wear and tear over time.

Are the boards end matched?

Yes.

How do I know if I am buying quality bamboo flooring?

Generally it is hard to tell just by looking at the product. As with most things, if the price sounds cheap than the product usually is! Buying direct over the internet can be fraught with danger. Always ensure that you are dealing with a reputable retailer and the product you are buying is backed up with warranties.

What is cupping?

Cupping is when the boards turn up at the edges creating a cupping effect. This can be caused by a number of things:
•    Incorrect installation (not enough expansion cap)
•    Inferior quality (too much moisture content)
•    Too much moisture in the sub floor
•    Very High humidity or extreme changes in air temperature
•    Not enough ventilation
These things are not confined to bamboo but can and do affect most timbers. In most instances cupping can be remedied by sanding and recoating.

What is the difference between solid tongue and groove and easi-lock engineered?

Tongue and groove is designed for a permanent installation, using glue to adhere it to the sub floor. Easi-lock is for those that don't want a permanent installation. It can be easily removed if you want a change. Both can be refinished if required.

Will Bamboo Mark?

Yes. You should always try and protect your floor by putting felt pads on the bottom of chairs, tables and any other items that may be moved frequently across your floor.
Bamboo Flooring Australia uses 7 coats of UV acrylic urethane with aluminum oxide added to create a very hard and scratch resistant surface. Under normal conditions the surface should last up to 10 years before it needs refinishing.
Whilst Bamboo flooring is very hard, like any good timber it is not bullet proof and needs to be maintained. If so it will last a life time!

Do I need to seal the sub floor for rising moisture?

Any sub floor should be tested for moisture by a qualified person. Whilst the recommended level is below 3%, it is advisable to seal the floor regardless. This will prevent cupping and keep your investment intact. This applies to both concrete and joist installations as humidity also plays its part.