I need some advice on laying my bamboo flooring which I recently purchased at auction. Risky I know but I got it at a steal of a price.
Anyway's I'm trying to determine if I should glue or float the product, with or without an underlay, as well as any hints or tips you guys have. Unfortunately I don't know who the manufacturer is and there are no instructions provided with the product to determine the manufacturers recommendation.
The product is strand woven solid bamboo tongue and groove style in a semi glossed coffee colour. Very nice. The board is 15mm (1/2 inch) thick and comes in 1850mm (72 inch) lengths. The board is a generous 152mm (6 inch) in width.
The board also has three ridges on the underside, about 1mm in depth, which run along the entire length of the board. I am assuming this is for glue but I'm just not sure? Please take a look at the attached pics.
So my questions are:
- Should I be looking to float or glue this material?
- If I float, do I need an underlay?
- If I glue, do I need to glue the T&G sections?
- Do I need expansion gaps at the edges with bamboo?
Some of the boards are also slightly bowed. I don't believe this is a manufacturing problem as much as a wood problem and will hopefully become less apparent when the product is acclimatized and then laid.
So yea im totally lost on how to lay these babies. Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks again DIY team!