a few questions about bamboo flooring installation
I am about to install about 600 square feet of bamboo flooring in my house.
It isn't my first choice but it is what my wife wanted.
However, I have a few concerns about the product that I wanted to ask others about before I begin the installation.
1. I have noticed that this 5/8th inch bamboo fits together with absolutely no effort whatsoever. That is, I can push every tongue and groove together using nothing more than my little finger. Am I correct to assume that this is a strong indicator that these boards will not hold together tightly over the years.
2. I decided to give the manual flooring nailer a test on this product before I start and found that the boards split fairly easy. Now, I am no expert with the nailer and I did have better success after the first few cleats were in on the test board but I have concerns that my success rate will not come close enough to 100% and there might be quite a few cracked tongues. (Maybe these cracked because they were the closest to the edges of the boards at about 3 inches or so. I was practicing so I put quite a few cleats into each board). Am I better off taking my time and hand nailing given that I am only talking about 600 square feet or so? If so, what type of nail should I consider?
I hope that you already figured out the installation of your bamboo flooring. I agree with the other post; using a manual nailer is difficult with 5/8" material and especially bamboo because of its construction. I would rent an air gun and adjust the air so that it buries the cleat (nail) just past the surface.