I am thinking of ordering bamboo flooring online.
If you have never heard of it, it's just as hard as wood, but more sustainable. A very eco friendly product.
Anyone ever order building products online? Good results?
Did you install it yourself? with nails or glue?
Any hints on which brands or online companies are reliable?
Any helpful info would be appreciated.
I can't help you with the online part, but I can tell you a little bit about bamboo. Generally you nail or glue over a wood subfloor (plywood etc) and just direct glue over a concrete subfloor. It is a good idea to use a moisture barrier like tarpaper between the subfloor and the finish floor. A little note: bamboo is not just as hard as hardwood. It is more like a soft wood with a high recovery- it can recover up 80% of its original form if it is dented. It is a grass, so it is not like hardwood at all really. It does not react as much to humidity(good), it IS softer(not so good sometimes), it is much more sustainable(good), there is less variation; also less choice for finish as it does not accept stains the way a hardwood would.
This site has instructions for installation: http://www.greenfloors.com/HP_Bamboo_Installation.htm
We just put bamboo in my sons' room. We rented a pneumatic floor nailer and it went down very easily over the black paper as a barrier between the sub-flooring and the bamboo. We bought Supreme Bamboo their carbonized horizontal bamboo from Lumber Liquidators. It looks great. I got an oriental rug from Overstock.com, and I am very pleased. Just make sure your measure well. We were 2 boards short. Luckily, the store near us had a busted pack and sold us just 2 boards.
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