I am planning to have solid bamboo floor installed (5/8" Eastern Elegance vertical natural color) bamboo) over a concrete slab. I do have a working radiant heat system.
I have heard conflicting opinions from different floor vendors and installers on whether to have the planks glued down (solid bamboo or floated (engineered bamboo).
I am polling the eichler community on those who have experiences with either type of installation and what is the recommendated way.
The current installer is planning to put down a coat of Titebond 531 moisture barrier prep first. Then apply a Sika adhesive to glue down the planks.
From my research thus far, it seems that Bostik's Best is a more popular adhesive to use. Anyone have experience with using Sika?
The cost is $8.50 per square foot installed, not including prep work and baseboard molding. Does this seem like a reasonable price.
Do you have a recommended surplier/installer that I can talk that you would recommend.
Decided to float it using engineered bamboo
I used solid plank, hand-scraped bamboo from iFLOOR and it is floated. The only glue used was between the planks. They just laid out a thin foam moisture barrier over the concrete slab and then the bamboo over that. I do not have radiant heat in my Eichler as the boiler was taken out a few decades ago. The cost was about $9.85 a sq ft installed w/o baseboards.