Bamboo can be floated, glued or nailed. My company (Fair Pacific
Bamboo Flooring) floats bamboo in about 1/4 of our installations with
If you have standard tongue and groove planks, you would use a
traditional floating method (glueing tongue to groove) with any of the
variety of good floating floor adhesives on the market.
Unfortunately, what you are seeing with your planks not fitting is
common with low cost planks. The milling and/or drying is not what it
should be, so you end up with planks that have large gaps. Sometimes,
this can be mitigated by applying pressure to the planks to bring them
together while nailing or while the adhesive sets.
As far as acclimitization, up to 72 hours is recommended. That may
help your situation somewhat.
Finally, if putting down over concrete, you will likely have too much
moisture in the concrete for a satisfactory wood flooring installation.
So you must provide a moisture barrier. Typically, this is 6 or 8 mil
polyethylene sheeting, taped at the the seams and along the edges. The
floor is then floated over the top. Bostik has a nice product called
MVP that is a "paint-on" moisture barrier. You basically roll it on
and it forms a moisture-proof membrane. You can then float your floor
over it, or even glue it directly to the membrane.
I hope this helps! There is way to much bad bamboo flooring on the
market - Fair Pacific is here to help correct that situation, because
quality bamboo flooring planks make a very nice, very sturdy,
environmentally friendly floor.
Fair Pacific Bamboo Flooring
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