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Old 01-04-07, 03:07 PM
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Looking for reviews of Home Depot's Home Legend Toast Bamboo Flooring

Anyone out there have real, live experience living on Home Legend bamboo flooring? Home Depot is selling it, and I want to know its track record before we have it installed. Does it scratch, splinter and dent like some of the horror stories on the web?

Also, I want to seal it after installation with a water-based, urethane-type product to extend its life and repel spills. The planks come prefinished (with what, I don't know yet). Any recommendations for the best sealer for prefinished bamboo floors?
 
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Home Legend Bamboo Flooring

I am wondering the same thing. I am considering purchasing this flooring for my livingroom and foyer. I'm a new diyer (at least with flooring). I searched for info on this flooring and couldn't really find anything other than what home depot posted. Any info would be appreciated.
 
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re: Bamboo flooring

I'm not familiar with Home Depot's bamboo flooring, but I run a "green" building supplies store that sells bamboo flooring under Plyboo, Natural Cork and Teragren.

The essential thing to know is that only a handful of names (like the above) are actually domestic manufacturers. Most bamboo flooring you'll find at the big boxes and elsewhere is manufactured in China and East Asian countries. Which means you have no way of knowing what the quality, materials and standards that they use might be. For instance it's generally agreed that the best bamboo flooring is made from the Mosa species of bamboo which has achieved 5 to 7 years of age. Such products are 25% to 100% harder than red oak. Younger bamboo produces a greatly inferior product. When buying through Home Depot and such you at the least want to examine every plank to check for defects, warping, broad discolorations, etc. There is generally less consistency as there are no grading standards for bamboo. Manufacturers like Teragren have established their own grading standards to ensure quality.

Also, you might want to be aware that with domestic manufacturers there will be Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available to make you aware of any hazards and toxicity issues that might be linked to the binders and finishes being used. Flooring from overseas is almost always a complete question mark in this respect, and oftentimes chemicals, finishes, paints, etc used in such fabrication might not even be permissible in the U.S.

Some things to consider.

Oh, and any of the above mentioned domestic manufacturers can be found at a wide variety of quality flooring stores. Cost should run in the neighborhood of $4.50 to 6.50 a sq. ft. Hope this helps.
 
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handyrandy - would you mind clearing something up for me? I've seen a few mentions on this site of bamboo constructed as a laminate or engineered floor. I have personally never seen such a product. Is there really something like this out there or is this something similar to Shaw's laminate that is made to look like bamboo and is being mistaken for real bamboo?
 
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Wilson Art Laminate, they have a bamboo laminate with I believe a 45 mil wear layer that when installed, you can't tell it's not real bamboo. Natural color (not carbonized) and horizontal. Looks good and wears well.
 
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Well, I have not heard any reviews but we did make the jump and installed ourselves in the kitchen. We were going to put in some quick install laminate and were shown this product and really liked it.

It was easy to work with. We live on a raised slab and it says that you can actually glue it down with mastik.

Looks great!! Very little if any splintering on the ends and the board when cutting.

Great price and seems to be a great product.
 
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One thing to check on.. I went to Home depot to get some stair pieces to install to match some flooring.. From my recollection they had a very limited stock of trims and moldings (the most obvious being they did not have any stair treads, just nosing).. I would plan out what moldings you need and make sure they carry them.

Also Smokey.. The floor I installed was a Bamboo engineered floating floor.. Not a laminate.. They are kinda hard to find but it looks great, and was perfect for a basement install.
 
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I have specified and installed bamboo floor in projects and it's a great product. Aside from it's "green" (i.e. sustainable) properties it also wears very well and does not dent. I can't speak to Home Depot's specific product, but if you're going to go with bamboo I'd get the real thick bamboo planks, not the bamboo veneer (unles it's a really thick veneer).

Bamboo will scratch just like any wood floor and you want to be able to refinish it. The laminate floors are designed to look good initially but they do not wear well and if you have varible humidity/moisture or wahtever they will start to curl and peel and look terrible at the seams. They also cannot be refinished, usually.

As for Home Depot's special order and installation service, all I can say is STAY AWAY. Go to a reputable flooring center in your community - someone who has made a personal investment in serving a community. You might pay a few cents more (or not, you'll be surprised) but I can guarantee with 100% certainty that you will have a much better experience.
 
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My son & I installed Home Depot's Home Legend Bamboo flooring in the salon/galley/head areas our 57' houseboat last summer. So far it has performed wonderfully well. The boat stays in the water all year and is subject to motions of the water, even while in the slip. I was concerned when I hauled the boat out of the water in December 06 for maintenance since the hull undergoes stresses not seen while on the water. The floor stayed exactly in place and even seemed to settle in better.

The floor is subject to the comings and goings of people while wet from swimming, kids dropping things, our dog, etc, etc and with a few strokes of a "Swiffer mop" it looks new again. Best decision I ever made when I changed from indoor/outdoor carpet to bamboo.

One note though, the floor is glued down to a 3/4" plywood sub floor and I used 1 1/2 times the recommended spread rate of the glue. Seemed like an inexpensive investment to save a lot of trouble if the floor ever popped up.

Have not applied any finish protective coating so far. Will wait for another summer before I make that call.

My biggest problem is finding more. I bought out my local Home Depot (Anderson, SC) last year and they have no stock. I need about 5 cartons to finish a cabin & foyer in the boat. Again changing from carpet.
 
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The Home Depot in Scranton, PA has bamboo in stock. It is on clearance so you may want to hurry in. I will be installing it this weekend. I'll give an update
 
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Here is the exact flooring you are asking about. HD, Home Legend toast bamboo floor. If you look at the planks, the quality is very, very good. I used 300sqft for my master bedroom and every box was straight and no defects. It will dent like any floor but the finish and production quality is excellent.

I find that many products that you purchase from China are far superrior to domestic made stuff. I absolutely love the plywood from China and in particular, the local Home Depot's here are bringing in 3/4" maple plywood at $42 / sheet. It is extremely straight and square and the sandwich layers cannot be touched by much else I have seen domestic. It is a good price for cabinet quality plywood. Here in Hawaii, many custom builders actually do a lot of shopping for building materials, both rough and finish and ship it in containers from China. Much of the quality is far superrior and the prices cannot be touched by domestic stuff. Sad but true.

Here is the HD bamboo floor in my Master bedroom. Copy and paste the below URL's into your browser to view them.
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Also my Cabinets came from China. They are solid rosewood with glass doors, finished inside and out. They are absolutely amazing. The local custom cabinet makers wanted almost around $45K to do my job. The cabinets from China cost me $15,800 shipped and delivered to my door. The cabinet quality is unreal.
 

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Looking for reviews of Home Depot's Home Legend Toast Bamboo Flooring

sticking with Home Legend, I was about to buy a buy a bunch at a Home Depot sale when I remembered that my cat might be a problem; namely her ... um, occasional habit of treating the whole house as a litter box. I asked my salesguy at HD whether he knew about whether cat pee would ruin the finish and/or seep through between the boards if I used prefinished (therefore, not sealed post-installation).

Does anyone have any experience with pet problems on this or other prefinished bamboo floors?

I already have bamboo on one floor, but since it's a room that she sometimes sleeps in, she hasn't ever messed in there. And banishing her to the outdoors or sending her away isn't an option at this advanced stage of our relationship!

Thanks much,
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I just got a housefull of that flooring. I've got 1 room done so far and it's great. Just make sure there is no moisture.

ATTN: SHOOTER!
That looks great. Is that on concrete? How straight was your floor? How did you get it even? Also, what technique did you use to lay it? Glue or floating? Did you put anything under to protect moisture?

Sorry for all the questions, but I am about to do the downstairs on concrete and was wondering if I could do a floating floor for ease of installation and to make it a little cheaper.

Thanks!
 
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I just got a housefull of that flooring. I've got 1 room done so far and it's great. Just make sure there is no moisture.

ATTN: SHOOTER!
That looks great. Is that on concrete? How straight was your floor? How did you get it even? Also, what technique did you use to lay it? Glue or floating? Did you put anything under to protect moisture?

Sorry for all the questions, but I am about to do the downstairs on concrete and was wondering if I could do a floating floor for ease of installation and to make it a little cheaper.

Thanks!
Sorry about the delay in response. I am on slab. The finished slab is extremely level thoughout the home with little to no dips or high spots. Quality slab pour / finish job.

As for the installation method, I layed #15 roofing felt, then put down 3/4" CDX plywood and ram-set it into the slab. I then nailed down the bamboo flooring.

Definately doing the CDX plywood and nail down method makes it much more time consuming and costly, but IMO, it is the best method for installation for this floor or any other solid hardwood over concrete slab.
 
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As for the installation method, I layed #15 roofing felt, then put down 3/4" CDX plywood and ram-set it into the slab. I then nailed down the bamboo flooring.



Who advised you to use 15# felt as a moisture barrier over concrete to fasten down plywood to the concrete!!!!



WHOA!!!!


That is a very big gamble.
 
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Who advised you to use 15# felt as a moisture barrier over concrete to fasten down plywood to the concrete!!!!



WHOA!!!!


That is a very big gamble.
I have done floors like this for quite some time. None of the floors that I have done have ever suffered a problem from moisture via the slab. The oldest floor I have done with this method is 15 years old. Would you care to explain why this is a gamble? Of course a slab should have the proper moisture content or lack of it.

A quick google search can find this method all over the web. Even the NOFMA technical manual endorses this method. It is common from installers that I have seen.

A quick google search comes up with numerous hits on this method. Not sure why you see this as such a problem? As far as my understanding it is a tried and true method and actually one of the best methods for installation over concrete slab. As mentioned not only have I used it but I know many other pro installers that may use this method depending. Most prefer to use a floating sub floor with 2 layers of 1/2" plywood sandwiched as it is an easier method, but it is my understanding this cold cut back mastic and #15 felt and ramset to the slab is a better, more reliable, method. I use 1/8" expansion joints on the plywood, and I understand that plywood like an engineered wood floor is less susceptible to expansion and contraction. I also prefered the 3/4" CDX ply as it created less of a finished floor height issue.

Cold-cut back roofing mastic, embed #15 roofing felt etc...
http://www.installingwoodfloors.com/installsv.gif

http://www.nofma.org/Portals/0/Publications/NOFMA%20Installing%20Hardwood%20Floors.pdf

http://www.hardwoodinfo.com/display_article.asp?ID=300

The list goes on.

But again, I would like to hear another professional installers opinion on the matter.
 
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Thanks guys.
What do you think the cheapest way of doing this and also keep moisture from coming through the slab? I have dips in my slab so I need to fill them in with some thinset. Then I need to put some plastic, then float the floor.

Anything wrong with this process?

Thanks alot!
 
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"""I layed #15 roofing felt, then put down 3/4" CDX plywood and ram-set it into the slab. I then nailed down the bamboo flooring. """

You say nothing about 2 layers of asphalt impregnated felt, with a coat of asphalt mastic under each layer, over laping the seams a minimum of 4 inches.


Explain it all, not just enough to hang someone.
 
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All I really have to say is "the plywood on slab method". Anyone with an ounce of computer skills can research the method or methods available and go from there. Its not like there isn't tons of info out there on it with a 10 second google search of the topic.

I do not call myself a pro at anything because I no longer work full time in the trades industry but I am still heavily involved in pretty much all phases of home construction. Maybe I didn't explain it enough for you to understand it? Which is kinda odd. You being an expert should have immediately understood the method and perhaps you could have clarified the difference for the original poster instead of baulking at what you felt to be an inaccurate or improper type of installation. Ya know, maybe offer your expert advice to the poster on how you might do it. I sure as heck didn't see you jumping out of your seat trying to give what you consider proper advice so this poor guy didn't hang himself.

I guess I could sit here and write this fella a book on the step by step process and even include my own little tricks or I could suggest the method to point him in the correct direction. Heck I just gave some sincere advice with pictures in this thread and you come blowing in with your criticism.
What did you offer this guy?

Sorry to the original guys who asked for advice. Didn't intend to stink up this thread.
 

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1930' Home

I'm in the process of remodeling an old 1930's house, have gutted everything and re-done it all. Now I'm wondering what to do with the floors. The old floor now is a 2" pine board, it's in many shapes of damage and looks.
I first thought about sanding and finishing but find that some areas had been replaced with other sizes of wood so that will look terrible. My next option is laminate flooring. The present floor has many humps and lumps everywhere, what to do with it? Any helpfull ideas will be greatly appreciated. thanks
 
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I read these posts prior to buying 1800 sf of Home Depot's Home Legend bamboo flooring, and I didn't see any negative comments as to the hardness of the bamboo, so I was hoping it was good. I have installed all of the downstairs flooring (about 1200 sf). The floor is VERY SOFT and dents and gets impressions easily. For example, I had to slide the refrigerator back into place, so I put a box under the wheels to slide sideways, then removed the box to roll the frig into its spot. The wheels left impressions on the flooring, both where I had the box under the wheels, and when I rolled the frig back. Other furniture that doesn't weigh as much has also left impression marks on the flooring, even with felt pads. Just found a dent in the kitchen, probably from someone dropping a can or something. Oh well, when it gets beat up enough, we'll just call it distressed or hand-scraped.

I installed a 3/4 inch oak flooring in the Master bedroom a few years ago, and this floor is indestructable. So Hard, nothing damages or dents it. I wish I paid the bit of extra money and went with this on my recent project. If I get tired of the bamboo and the dents, maybe I'll just nail oak planks on top of it, but I don't know how well it would hold the nails.
 
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Thanks for the photos. The flooring is beautiful, and makes me more excited to use the product myself. On your white baseboards - did you rip out the old and replace them with the wide boards after the floor was laid? I have wide pine baseboards currently, that are going to be ruined if I rip them out. I am thinking of laying the flooring, leaving the current moulding in place and covering the gap with the bamboo quarter rounds.
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question for the pro.

I not sure if your familiar with the home legend bamboo flooring @ home depot. It is not the engineered click that would be easier to install.
It is the simple tongue and groove style.
I just level my floors. I wanna float this bamboo if possible but many have said that i can't, what is your opinion on this.
 
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This floor is not a floating floor. You need to glue it or nail it. It's a good floor though.
 
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Sealer????

No one has addressed the issue of what to seal this flooring with. Someone mentioned it but no one has given any advice. I installed bamboo from Roy's Flooring by hand (no guns) and it looks great. The problem is that it has show itself to scratch fairly easily. I put down about 800 sqf of this stuff in 4 rooms and I would hate to think that I spent a week by myself laying this stuff down just to find out that you can't seal it. I have my suspicions that nothing will stick to the carbonized finish well enough to "seal" it. Any thoughts or advice on this would save me many headaches.
 
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Home Depot's Legends Bamboo Flooring- DON'T

I live in Hawaii, Home Depot, after having pulled the Legends Bamboo Flooring off the sales floor for several months (later found out it was due to customer/contractor complaints) was told by upper management to continue to stock the product in the store.
We purchased the product for approx. 1,000sq ft of application in a brand new home. We had looked at several other options and decided on this product, as the sales person demonstrated, it was the most scratch-resistant of their bamboo floorings. (Note: We were never advised of the following problems with this product, had we been warned, we never would have made this purchase)
Our contractor did install the flooring according to Legends specific instructions for our slab foundation. I will say, it did look beautiful for a couple of weeks! Two weeks after installation our flooring popped, warped and scalloped, now has to be completely taken out and another product put in it's place. Home Depot did send out the usual crew to take moisture readings, check installation, their first conclusion: The Contractor did not follow the specific directions for proper installation, upon learning those directions were followed, their second conclusion was:The Contractor should have refused to install flooring due to the home not being in a "controlled environment" ie: an office building with constant air/moisture control, ideally air should be between 50 to 75 degrees, moisture should be a constant 30% humidity-IN HAWAII? ARE YOU KIDDING? Our temp. is 83-90 degrees and humidity on this island is 70-95%! The bottom line is, the Home Depot Sales Dept. knew exactly where this product was going to be installed and NEVER should have sold it.
When the Department Manager found out of our experience with their product his comment to us was "Gee, I wish you had come to me when purchasing, I never would have sold you this product" Home Depot accepts no responsibility?! We were NEVER pre-qualified for this product! Do you think I will ever purchase another item from Home Depot knowing they had prior knowledge of a problem with this product, yet they decided to put it back on the floor for the all mighty dollar and to hell with the customer? But that's another story so, be warned this product cannot be trusted to deliver consistent, reliable results, it is not worth the hassle and I would highly discourage installing an inferior product such as Legends Bamboo Flooring. Upon further investigating bamboo flooring products made in China, I have learned there are several quality issues with this product i.e., due to the high demand for this product, China is rushing to get the product to market. In doing so will not allow the bamboo to reach the minimum mature age needed to maintain the integrity of the product. I have also found, in the rush to supply the market other steps are grossly mis-managed such as insuring proper drying time, complete application of the sealer. Now think of this before your purchase; How many stores does Home Depot have? How much of this product do they have to have to be able to supply all of their stores? Exactly, and we all know from experience exactly what quality we are getting here, the motto seems to be, when in doubt, ship it! I would not recommend Legends Bamboo Flooring, do your research there are other good companies that take pride in the quality of their Bamboo Flooring, this company has serious quality control issues.
 

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I would agree about the Home Legend bamboo flooring. We took a sample home and it dented like nothing.

We also got a piece of the 5/8 Engineered Walnut and that seemed to be pretty nice. Has anyone had experience installing this or their similar lines. Also any idea who Home Legends manufacturer is.
 
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i put in 1500sq feet of thise

I looks beautiful. i love the color.
But we havent moved in yet...and with 3 kids. Im worried about the scratches we have already got from just moving in and working around the house.

I want to put another clear coat on the floor. the one I used is just a polyurethane coat. CAn i just put another coat on top of the floor now that its installed?
 
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Thumbs down Don't like bamboo flooring at all

It dents so easily, I hated my Bamboo flooring. I do not this this kind of flooring is livable.
 
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I live in Hawaii, Home Depot, after having pulled the Legends Bamboo Flooring off the sales floor for several months (later found out it was due to customer/contractor complaints) was told by upper management to continue to stock the product in the store.
We purchased the product for approx. 1,000sq ft of application in a brand new home. We had looked at several other options and decided on this product, as the sales person demonstrated, it was the most scratch-resistant of their bamboo floorings. (Note: We were never advised of the following problems with this product, had we been warned, we never would have made this purchase)
Our contractor did install the flooring according to Legends specific instructions for our slab foundation. I will say, it did look beautiful for a couple of weeks! Two weeks after installation our flooring popped, warped and scalloped, now has to be completely taken out and another product put in it's place. Home Depot did send out the usual crew to take moisture readings, check installation, their first conclusion: The Contractor did not follow the specific directions for proper installation, upon learning those directions were followed, their second conclusion was:The Contractor should have refused to install flooring due to the home not being in a "controlled environment" ie: an office building with constant air/moisture control, ideally air should be between 50 to 75 degrees, moisture should be a constant 30% humidity-IN HAWAII? ARE YOU KIDDING? Our temp. is 83-90 degrees and humidity on this island is 70-95%! The bottom line is, the Home Depot Sales Dept. knew exactly where this product was going to be installed and NEVER should have sold it.
When the Department Manager found out of our experience with their product his comment to us was "Gee, I wish you had come to me when purchasing, I never would have sold you this product" Home Depot accepts no responsibility?! We were NEVER pre-qualified for this product! Do you think I will ever purchase another item from Home Depot knowing they had prior knowledge of a problem with this product, yet they decided to put it back on the floor for the all mighty dollar and to hell with the customer? But that's another story so, be warned this product cannot be trusted to deliver consistent, reliable results, it is not worth the hassle and I would highly discourage installing an inferior product such as Legends Bamboo Flooring. Upon further investigating bamboo flooring products made in China, I have learned there are several quality issues with this product i.e., due to the high demand for this product, China is rushing to get the product to market. In doing so will not allow the bamboo to reach the minimum mature age needed to maintain the integrity of the product. I have also found, in the rush to supply the market other steps are grossly mis-managed such as insuring proper drying time, complete application of the sealer. Now think of this before your purchase; How many stores does Home Depot have? How much of this product do they have to have to be able to supply all of their stores? Exactly, and we all know from experience exactly what quality we are getting here, the motto seems to be, when in doubt, ship it! I would not recommend Legends Bamboo Flooring, do your research there are other good companies that take pride in the quality of their Bamboo Flooring, this company has serious quality control issues.
thank you for your post. I also live in hawaii, and was considering purchasing this product, given its (relatively) cheap price. Your post may also explain why this product hasn't been in stock for a while at both HD, with stock reportedly shipping in soon.

It's too bad this product has a problem with quality, as it's a beautiful floor.

In this case, I will probably end up buying a laminate bamboo flooring.
 
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Hi,
I purchased 700 sq ft of Home Legends Bamboo click lock flooring and installed it in my home. I hired a flooring expert with 38 years experience in the field of flooring. He had not had an experience with this type of flooring. but we followed all the instructions that came in the box. We are having a major problem with the end joints (tongue and groove) staying together. I filed a complaint with Home Depot and the vendor, and they are sending a flooring inspector to my home on Wednesday of next week. Other than that, the flooring scratches easily, and varies greatly in color. I special ordered a stairnose, and it was a complete different color (dark, dark brown). When I stripped the finish to re-do it, it was a dark red stain. Very odd. It is made in China. I will post again after the inspection. I would not recommend this flooring to anyone. It moves to much while installing. It is a floating floor, and it sits on a slippery surface (3 in 1 underlayment sold by Home Depot). I can only guess that Home Depot will not take any blame for this problem.
Mike
 
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Their floating bamboo is on the low end of quality. To get a good quality bamboo, you will be paying more then $6sqft+.

I hear complaints about this flooring and I ask them, "what do you expect for $3-5 sqft?"
 
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After complaining to Home Depot an independent inspector came to my house and took readings, etc. The vendors answer was they are denying my claim. They blamed the problem on excess moisture in the concrete floor. The moisture has nothing to do with the problem. The end joints in the planks are coming apart from walking on it. The floor is floating on 3 in 1 underlayment sold by home depot. The tongue and groove end joints to not lock, and the underlayment is slick, so when you walk on it, the ends open up. They will have to be glued, which means I have to take it all apart and start over. The factory said it would be okay to glue it, but they accept no blame.. Home Deport will probably eat some of the cost, but I don't know how much yet. The whole problem is the engineering of the planks. The end joints need to lock in when joined together. Simple as that. Do not use this flooring unless you have an underlayment that the boards will not slide on. And I would recommend gluing the ends (not the sides). I will post again if Home Depot gives me any reimbursment for my aggrevation.
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I purchased 700 sq ft of Home Legends Bamboo click lock flooring and installed it in my home. I hired a flooring expert with 38 years experience in the field of flooring. He had not had an experience with this type of flooring. but we followed all the instructions that came in the box. We are having a major problem with the end joints (tongue and groove) staying together. I filed a complaint with Home Depot and the vendor, and they are sending a flooring inspector to my home on Wednesday of next week. Other than that, the flooring scratches easily, and varies greatly in color. I special ordered a stairnose, and it was a complete different color (dark, dark brown). When I stripped the finish to re-do it, it was a dark red stain. Very odd. It is made in China. I will post again after the inspection. I would not recommend this flooring to anyone. It moves to much while installing. It is a floating floor, and it sits on a slippery surface (3 in 1 underlayment sold by Home Depot). I can only guess that Home Depot will not take any blame for this problem.
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Mike, do you have an update as to what happened after Home Depot came out to inspect your floor? We also live in Hawaii, and had bought the same flooring, but haven't installed it yet (someone suggested we open up the boxes and plastic for 2-3 weeks! to let it acclimate to the temp of our non-airconditioned home, as it's quite different from the dry airconditioned temp of Home Depot). Thanks.
 
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What was the moisture reading results? If it's over a certain limit, you cannot install a wood/laminate floor no matter what underlayment you have down. If it's not high enough for a total no-no, then there are certain things that needs to be done to prevent moisture penetration.

I've worked for HD (flooring) and we would not eat any cost for a floor that was not installed per manufacturers instructions. (Instructions say to perform a moisture reading)
 
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Mike, do you have an update as to what happened after Home Depot came out to inspect your floor? We also live in Hawaii, and had bought the same flooring, but haven't installed it yet (someone suggested we open up the boxes and plastic for 2-3 weeks! to let it acclimate to the temp of our non-airconditioned home, as it's quite different from the dry airconditioned temp of Home Depot). Thanks.
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The problem I am having is that the end joints come appart because they do not lock and the underlayment I used is very slick. Just walking on it makes it come appart. You will have to glue the ends together and not the sides. I wish I knew this before I did the whole job. Now I have to take it all appart and do it over. Home Depot takes no responsibility and the vendor is trying to blame it on excess moisture. The joints started coming appart within hours of being laid. I don't think moisture would do that. I live is Florida and we deal with moisture every day. I have also been working with wood for 40 years and know all about moisture in relation to wood products. This product also scratches very easily. If it is still in the box, I would return it and buy and engineered hardwood
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What was the moisture reading results? If it's over a certain limit, you cannot install a wood/laminate floor no matter what underlayment you have down. If it's not high enough for a total no-no, then there are certain things that needs to be done to prevent moisture penetration.

I've worked for HD (flooring) and we would not eat any cost for a floor that was not installed per manufacturers instructions. (Instructions say to perform a moisture reading)
They measured the moisture on an exposed concrete floor when the temperature in the house was 75 degrees. They said it was 8.3. The factory is recommeding another moisture barrier on top of the first one, and that we glue the ends. The real issue is the ends coming appart when walked on. See my other post's.
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They measured the moisture on an exposed concrete floor when the temperature in the house was 75 degrees. They said it was 8.3. The factory is recommeding another moisture barrier on top of the first one, and that we glue the ends. The real issue is the ends coming appart when walked on. See my other post's.
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mike your promblem is that you said that you installed it as a floating floor.t and g flooring can not have a lot of movement.
most factory reps want to take care of the promblems.you only hear of the one they dont.The ones they do take care of dont have any reason to vent.If you did install as a floating floor the good news is you can lift the floor and reinstall properly. All wood floors scratch and dent.Its like buying a black car.just gotta deal with it.
 
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i "tested" a box of the home legend stuff. it dented real easy. i took it back.
 
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i am putting the home legend bamboo "toast" flooring in my home right now and weve done 2 rooms so far. i really think its a good quality floor, i reallydont have any complaints. it can dent/scratch, but i dont think its any worse than any other wood flooring. i seen some people have had problems with the tongue and groove coming apart. your suppose to tape the seems down after you lay it down are your not suppose to walk on it for 24 hours. i havent had any problems with the tongue and groove coming apart. we are using roberts 1408 adhesive and there are a few spots where we got glue on the floor, does anyone know how it can be removed? thanks.
 
 

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