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i will install bamboo floor in my house but the concrete floor is uneven can i use self leveling and what is the best one on the market? can this floor be sound proofing ? do i need a nailer to install it on concrete floor or mastic? thnak you always for any help. :Thumbs:
 

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Yes, float it out with self leveler. I like to use the Fritz f-10. Remember to check your slab in the direction that the floor is running. We like to use a urethane adhesive. Just use the recommended glue from your supplier or the manufacture. You want to be sure that you are covered for warranty purposes. Let that stuff acclimate well too, in a controlled environment. I hope this helps and good luck.
 

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izote61 said:
i will install bamboo floor in my house but the concrete floor is uneven can i use self leveling and what is the best one on the market? can this floor be sound proofing ? do i need a nailer to install it on concrete floor or mastic? thnak you always for any help. :Thumbs:
Have you looked into Ardex K15? It's also a self leveling agent. Works great as long as you put enough water in it and don't pour it out all in one spot. Spread it out as you pour. Then use one of those metal rakes to help level it out. Don't use a broom. It leaves tracks behind.
 

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if it is a solid Bamboo, I would walk away.
If it's an engineered, that will give you a little more chance but I would still walk.

Grass is not stable enough IMO.

If it's an engineered, then float it over 6 mil poly.
 

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if it is a solid Bamboo, I would walk away.
If it's an engineered, that will give you a little more chance but I would still walk.

Grass is not stable enough IMO.

If it's an engineered, then float it over 6 mil poly.
All I have ever done was solid bamboo and it works pretty well for us. One time we did about 3500 feet of it and it started to expand after a little while and they just pulled off the shoe mold and lifted it up an 1/8" off the floor and it all went back down. Other than that everythings been cool.
 

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I have done it in a few homes. It is as dense as oak, but no more. Have also put it on a spiral staircase. It cuts nice with the saw...router...anything carbide will do fine with it.

On glue downs over concrete, just make sure the floor is flat...the leveling compound must be compatible with the glue that you are using...and do a moisture check on the concrete...it must be sealed concrete, too.
 

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izote61 said:
i will install bamboo floor in my house but the concrete floor is uneven can i use self leveling and what is the best one on the market? can this floor be sound proofing ? do i need a nailer to install it on concrete floor or mastic? thnak you always for any help. :Thumbs:
You know, if you are not a professional installer, this is gonna be a real nightmare for you. Not all concrete substrates are suitable for glue down applications. The best glues are industrial use only which means not for public use...in other words this is not going to be fun.
 

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Bamboo floating floors are availble,including a snap-lock version no glue required.Imo the snap-lock systems are the way to go over concrete,due to the fact that they are free to expand an contract with variable humidity levels and they eleminate the problems with glueing . Also even the solid bamboo is realy edgeglued so it is an engineered product Imo.
 

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izote61 said:
i will install bamboo floor in my house but the concrete floor is uneven can i use self leveling and what is the best one on the market? can this floor be sound proofing ? do i need a nailer to install it on concrete floor or mastic? thnak you always for any help. :Thumbs:



Too much pontential for issues putting solid anything over concrete in my opinion.

That is why engineered wood was developed.
 

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Why is bamboo being advertised as harder then hardwood and I've even heard sales pitches where they say it doesn't expand like hardwood.



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In highrise construction in Chicago they use cork over cement floors for sound proofing. It does decrease the sound the person below will here. I'm suprised teetor hasn't responded. He is a specialist in exotic flooring.
 

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Why is bamboo being advertised as harder then hardwood and I've even heard sales pitches where they say it doesn't expand like hardwood.
wierd.

it is harder than some woods, but not much more than maple at the most.
It all depends on where it was grown, and how much of the stalk was used, and if it is carmelized.
 

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I noticed that it tends to dent real easy so you have to be careful with stepping on tools and dropping stuff and make sure your working environment stays clean.
 
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