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Old 01-12-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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I recently pulled up some old linoleum in my laundry room and I'm looking to install some bamboo engineered flooring that will be nailed down. Can I install over this as it looks like the plywood is stained but does not look like there is much damage.

Can I nail right into this or should I lay some 1/4 underlayment plywood over it.



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What thickness is the new floor, subfloor?? I would say probably OK, but if those joints are uneven, a skim coat filler should be applied over the joints. And lay the new floor over rosin paper or similar.

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but if those joints are uneven, a skim coat filler should be applied over the joints.
They said they wanted to nail down the engineered bamboo. If they did a skim coat, wouldn't that crack when nailing?
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Current subfloor is 5/8". New bamboo is 5/8th. The plywood there is all smooth and level. Just a little stained with some rust marks from the old staples. I'm going to screw down the exisiting plywood just to make sure it doesn't squeek later. Do I need to put anything overtop of the existing plywood. Thanks

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Bamboo in a laundry room?

Don't.

I don't like to install wood/laminate in potentially wet areas like utility rooms, entries, baths, and kitchens.

Just the other day, I had a customer who had me put laminate in the utility area call and tell me the floor was buckling and swelling on the joints. I said, "You've got water coming from somewhere."

The customer insisted that couldn't be the case, so I went out and showed him that the connection between the hose and the washer was leaking.

Hey, at least I get to sell him a new floor (and I had advised against laminate when he first came in to buy flooring for the area).
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I don't like to install wood/laminate in potentially wet areas like utility rooms, entries, baths, and kitchens.
Hopefully you will not turn down any jobs with that.
East coast is full of wood and lam and Bamboo in wet areas.
I replace Vinyl all the time because of floods.
Tile would give you the best results with lots of water.

If you purchase a floor based on one factor alone then you may miss out or trade one problem for another.
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I guess I thought it was better than regular hardwood since most cuttingboards, bowls, chopsticks are all bamboo and they get wet constantly the flooring would be the same. Apparently not.
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Different construction and different Bamboo. Which brings up a good point...not all Bamboo's are made the same. Moso Bamboo is the best if you can get it. Teregren Bamboo has it.
All flooring with seams will be affected by longstanding moisture unless there is a seam sealer with it.

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