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Q. Does bamboo expand and contract due to moisture much similar to wood?

A. Yes, Bamboo is a natural product and can expand when exposed to moisture.

Q. Can all types of Bamboo be laid over Radiant heating?

A. No, we do not recommend all types of Bamboo to be laid over radiant heated floors. You will have the best results if an engineered with an HDF core is used, and only if the flooring surface temperature does not exceed 85 degrees.

Q. Do you recommend installing Bamboo in a below grade basement?

A. Yes, only in a floating system with a manufacturer's recommended moisture barrier. Do not use a glue down installation method in a below grade situation.

Q. What are the key differences between (Strand Woven), Horizontal and Vertical Bamboo?

A. The terms "horizontal" and “vertical” refer to the manner in which bamboo strips are laminated together. In the horizontal style, the strips are laid flat so the top surface shows the bamboo’s natural growth rings, or "knuckles." In the vertical style, the strips are turned on their sides and laminated together in long, slender rows creating a different appearance. In the strand-woven process, strips of bamboo are coated with resins and then compressed with heat to form timbers. These timbers are then milled into flooring. This process produces bamboo flooring that is twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring.

Q. Do moisture barriers need to be used over concrete sub floors like wood?

A. Yes, if you are floating a T&G Bamboo floor or if you are floating an engineered click system floor you would want to use a moisture barrier over concrete as well as a wood subfloor if it is over a crawl space of the house.

Q. What is the difference between bamboo flooring and hardwood flooring?

A. There are several advantages to using bamboo flooring compared to hardwood flooring. First, bamboo flooring is an environmentally friendly product. It takes only a few years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity, while it takes decades for hardwood trees. And when bamboo is harvested, the root continues to live and produces new stock. Each year, one "mother plant" generates several new bamboo stems that grow to full length in a few months, and to mature hardness in about five years. Bamboo plants are therefore quickly replenished following a harvest. Second, bamboo is actually harder than hardwood so it makes a more durable flooring. Third, in most cases bamboo is less expensive than hardwood while installation costs are the same. Hardwood installers and contractors need no additional training to install bamboo flooring. Bamboo can be installed using exactly the same tools and methods as are used for installing hardwood.

Q. Why can solid strand woven be floated with T&G adhesive but solid vertical/horizontal cannot?

A. You can float a strand/woven Bamboo because it is much straighter and has much more stability to its construction.

We at Gala Manufacturing are happy to provide any answers to any and all questions our customers have if you have a question that we did not address feel free to contact us at:

Phone: 1-800-732-6790
Fax: 206-838-7284