Click/engineered HDF bamboo floor - what if water damage?

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Old 07-16-15, 06:28 AM
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Question Click/engineered HDF bamboo floor - what if water damage?

Hey guys -

So many click/engineered floors these days seem to be based on a HDF material in the middle.

Is it pretty much a given that my proposed bamboo HDF-based floor is toast if I have anywhere near a significant water spill (say, from water spilling out of a cabinet with a leaking sink pipe)?

I'm just trying to balance out the ease/cost of installing an HDF-based click floating bamboo floor (with moisture & sound underlay) or expense for full woven-strand bamboo planks (still with moisture & sound underlay) on my condo's concrete slab.

Thanks for any input or insight that you may have!

PS: Yes, I'm considering the Lumber Liquidators Morning Star bamboo strand floors, but also THIS Home Depot HDF/click floor.

Even if I expense for a more premium floor, such as THIS USFloors bamboo, it still is based on HDF material.
 
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Old 07-16-15, 06:54 AM
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I wouldn't call your current floor toast just yet. Why don't you post some pics of the damage first or cut out a small piece to assess the damage?
 
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Old 07-16-15, 07:20 AM
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Sorry if I wasn't clear enough that I'm just "considering" a new floor, not reporting damage to a current one.

And I'm concerned if the HDF material would automatically turned to shredded wheat, from a little water damage.

IF I chose an HDF-based floor, that is. Which is the point of my post.
 
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According to a couple of posts that I've read, moisture is HDF's biggest enemy & it won't resist water. So it's good that you asked that question.
 
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Old 07-16-15, 05:19 PM
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HDF core floors are basically an upgraded laminate in that the top layer is real wood, but the guts are laminate. Continue your search and don't be caught up on price. It is an investment and will be twice as costly if you try to go cheap and have an accident. You could read the fine print on your homeowners policy to see if they cover water issues and flooring. Hopefully, you never have to change the floor again, but too many times mother nature and/or twists of fate have other ideas.
 
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