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Great Reasons To Use Bamboo Flooring

Beautiful and elegant design element in your home or business.
Durable - Outperforms traditional hardwoods.
Environmentally friendly - No rainforest hardwoods.
Installs like traditional tongue and groove flooring.
Can be ordered pre-finished in two colors.
Ideal for commercial or residential.
A proven flooring material, used extensively throughout
Europe and Asia.
An abundant and renewable resource.

Free bamboo flooring is provided only with the purchase of our installation service and only to the exact square feet required for the job.

Free bamboo flooring is only available in horizontal grain Natural ( Light) or Honey Tone (Carbonized) 3 5/8 wide by 36 inch long  by 5/8 thick solid engineered bamboo flooring.

Our basic installation labor rate is $4.99 per Sq. (includes bamboo flooring)

Basic installation price does not include any of the following services or products:
Furniture moving, removal and disposal of old flooring products, floorprep and or leveling if required, moldings, trim pieces or baseboards, Installation of moldings or baseboards, moisture sealing of cement slab, and or glue for glue down installations.

Upgrade Options:
3 5/8 wide by 72 inch long planks add $1.00 per sq. ft.
Five inch wide by six foot long engineered bamboo planks add $1.50 per sq. ft
Vertical grained bamboo add .50 per sq. foot.
Wide plank hand scraped (distressed) add $4.00 per sq foot
Moisture sealing of cement slabs $1.50 per sq. foot. (strongly recommended)
Molding and trim pieces as required and by quote.
Installation of moldings and trim pieces $1.50 per linear foot.
Custom color bamboo by quote only.
Manufacture recommended glue for cement slab installations .75 per sq. foot.
Floor prep or leveling if required quoted by onsite inspection only.
Furniture moving if required by onsite quote only.

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Why is everyone talking about it?.
Bamboo, the new product for the 2000's, is a naturally beautiful and durable alternative to our limited global supply of hardwood. Botanically, bamboo is not a wood at all, but rather a grass and like grass it has a short growth cycle of approximately five years, depending on the variety. Bamboo is attractive as a building material because it is very hard, strong, and dimensionally stable. It is comparable in strength to northern red oak and possesses similar hardness to that of maple, yet is remarkably stable with 50% less contraction and expansion. Unlike hardwood with a growth cycle 3 or 4 times longer, bamboo is truly nature's renewable resource. But perhaps most importantly, beyond its durability and abundance, is its beauty! The rich warm tones of the carbonized caramel color, or the warm natural hues of neutral blond color, with natures beautiful growth patterns, grains, and growth joints, inherent only in bamboo, make it truly a product that enriches the environment and value of any home or business.

Bamboo Flooring is used extensively throughout Asia as a superior alternative to rainforest hardwoods.  Gaining a reputation as a  tough, durable, and value-enhancing flooring system, it is fast becoming the ideal choice as an affordable surfacing material for residential, commercial, and sport courts usage.

Bamboo Flooring  one of the environmentally sound and sustainable wood-floor products is not wood at all. Bamboo is a highly fibrous grass product grown and harvested from the controlled bamboo forests of Guangzhou Zhujiang province on mainland China. Maturity is reached in just three to five years - it is cut into long strips, and then glued up in layers to form an engineered product, Because it is laminated like plywood, it doesn't expand and contract with changes in temperature and moisture - gaps, cupping and  warping are less likely to form, making it's stability one of the advantages over other solid wood.  The plant grows in segments separated by nodes creating slightly darker patterns at random intervals in every strip.

Bamboo Flooring  is available in natural or carbonized, either  unfinished or pre-finished with three coats UV cured polyurethane.  It can also be sanded and finished like other traditional flooring. 

Natural vs Carbonized

The carbonized type which seems to be far more popular than the natural type is the softest of the two and can be placed in a class near that of Black Walnut which is considered a soft hardwood as noted on the scale to the right. The reason for the difference is the way the color is achieved as it is not stained, but rather pressure heated and is permanent.  The longer it is heated the darker the color and the softer the material will be.

From the research that has been done the carbonized falls in the area of 1120 psi wheras the naturals will be up around 1400.  So what does that mean you wonder?  Basically you will see deeper indentations in the carbonized over the natural if the proper punishment is provided and high heels would be one leading contributor. How do we test for hardness? Try this link for detailed information.

Quite honestly it took me awhile to get used  to bamboo, but as time passed it impressed me more.  Some have this idea that bamboo requires different installation methods which is not necessarily true, but I would suggest in finding a professional that is familiar with it.  Bamboo can be glued to concrete slabs, stapled to wood subfloors, and floated over some existing floor coverings.  I find it to be a unique species and it is not limited to two colors as it can be stained...again with a highly knowledgeable person.

Moisture-test the bamboo flooring at the jobsite. It must be from 6 to 8%. Check the sub-floor's moisture content. The result must not be higher than 12% on a wood substrate and 4% on concrete. With nail down installation a 15lb felt paper barrier is highly recommended. For commercial use, the glue down method of installation is recommended.

General Conditions:
Even though bamboo flooring is very stable dimensionally, care should be taken to prevent exposure to high moisture conditions before, during, and after installation to ensure a trouble-free long-lived floor. Bamboo Flooring  installation is the same as with standard tongue and groove hardwood flooring.

Bamboo flooring is manufactured with a moisture content range of 6 to 9 percent. If you are concerned about a high or low moisture environment for your floor, allow the flooring to acclimate to your location for several days by unpacking the bamboo and making small piles in the rooms where it will be installed.  This precaution will allow the bamboo to expand or contract prior to installation and minimize any possible gaps or swelling.  A moisture meter should show no more than a 3% difference between the moisture level of the sub floor and the bamboo flooring prior to installation.  Sub floor material should be no less than 5/8" thick for proper fastening strength.

A high moisture crawl space may prevent achieving the desired 3% moisture range between the two materials.  In such case a vapor barrier, such as a 4 to 6 mil polyethylene sheet can be laid over the soil to prevent migration of vapor from the soil into the sub floor material.

No alkaline cleaning agents should be used. Such agents may cause strong yellowing and color changes. Do not damp mop. Excessive amounts of water can cause your floor to cup or swell. Do not use wax, oil soap or other household cleaners on your floor.

We recommend Bona Swedish Formula Hardwood Floor Cleaner by BonaKemi USA, Inc.

Bamboo flooring comes un-finished and pre-finished.  Bamboo flooring can be re-finished like any other hardwood floor surface/ Floor sanding requires the use of special sanders designed for wood flooring.  Re-finishing is a highly skilled profession.  For the best results we recommend employing a professional flooring contractor.

After sanding, be sure to apply the first coat of finish the same day that sanding was completed.  This prevents moisture from being absorbed into the flooring preventing rough, raised grain appearance.  The floor can be finished with commonly used products for wood flooring, including penetrating sealers, pigment-wiping stains, moisture cured urethanes, and polyurethane's.  Be sure to test a sample piece before proceeding with the entire floor.  Do not Wax.

The manufacture warrants all bamboo-laminated planks, in their original manufactured state, to be free from defects for a lifetime. Bamboo is a natural product, containing natural variations in color, tone, and grain.  The manufacture cannot guarantee against natural variations in each plank, nor minor differences between sample and the color of the floor, once the floor has been installed. The installer is responsible for inspecting each plank for color, finish, size and other quality issues before installation. Should there be any defects, The manufacture will replace the defective planks.

The manufacture also offers a full twenty-five year finish warranty for residential installations against wear through of the finish. The warranty wear-through period for commercial installations is two years. This warranty specifically excludes the following: 1. Mechanical problems such as indentation, scratches or surface damage caused by lack of proper maintenance;
2. Moisture problems such as dishwasher, tub or toilet overflow, or moisture migration;
3. Material installed with obvious defects or unacceptable color variation;
4.  Material exposed to rain or moisture on jobsites prior to installation
5. Gaps between planks; and
6.  Buckling or cupping due to inadequate expansion space left around objects such as walls, fireplace hearths, and staircases.

Accessories such as stair nosing and reducer are covered by a three year wear warranty for residential (one year for commercial) subject to the above exclusions.

Should the finish wear through on any part of the floor, or the floor delaminate or The manufacture will furnish material of the same type at no charge. None of the exclusions listed above must apply. The manufacture will make reasonable attempts to match the color and shade of the flooring, but as flooring is a natural product, The manufacture cannot guarantee a perfect match.

Your bamboo flooring must be acclimated for 72 hours on the premises before the floor will be installed.

Moisture-test the bamboo flooring at the jobsite. It must be from 6 to 8%. Check the sub-floor's moisture content. The result must not be higher than 12% on a wood substrate and 4% on concrete. With nail down installation a 15lb felt paper barrier is highly recommended. For commercial use, the glue down method of installation is recommended.

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