Bamboo Floor Installation Glue Recommendations


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Old 01-01-06, 04:15 PM
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Bamboo Floor Installation Glue Recommendations

We're considering installing bamboo floors on top of particle board. Do we need to glue it down? Nail it down? Or both?

Also, the adhesive sold at iFloor and most other online retailers goes for around $200 for 4 gallons. That would add at least $1000 to the price of materials. Is there a cheaper adhesive that can be bought at Lowes or HomeDepot?

Finally, HomeDepot told us they could install it for about $8 OTD, everything included (4.40 per square foot for the bamboo). We are thinking about doing it ourselves by buying bamboo online (Envirochoice @ c. 2.60) But given the cost of glue, moldings, and other materials, perhaps it's better to just let them come in a do it. Anyone had any experience with them?

Thanks for your advice!

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Old 01-01-06, 07:30 PM
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Particle board has to go.

Do a thorough search before deciding where to buy your floor. Any contractor who would put that floor over particle board is not the flooring contractor for the job.
 
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Particle board is not an accepted substrate under any wood floor. If you don't care about warranties, then by all means glue it, as that will be your best bet. any fasteners used will squeak to high heaven. Only use a moisture cure urethane adhesive. if you use a waterbased acrylic, that floor will cup and buckle within 2 days, not to mention, swell the particle board. Yes, the adhesive is expensive. You can find it less expensive locally at a wood or flooring distributor in your area. Not a retail dealer.
 
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Old 01-03-06, 03:18 PM
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Thanks!

Thanks for your responses. We're going to rip the particle board out and replace with 3/4" plywood before we do the job. We also are reconsidering bamboo altogether in favor of solid oak hardwood.

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