1/2" Fairbanks Hand Sculpted Solid Strand Woven Bamboo
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Warranty:
35-Year Residential/5 Year Light Commercial
1/2" Fairbanks Hand Sculpted Solid Strand Woven Bamboo

Details

Bamboo Collection Brushed Artisan
Coverage 22.5Coverage
Coverage describes the amount of sq. ft.  of wood comes in a carton. Cartons cannot be broken so the amount you’ll purchase will likely be more than the size of your room.  Keep in mind, a waste factor of 10% should always be added to the actual square footage of the total project.
Dimensions 1/2 in x 5-5/8 in x 72-1/2 inThickness/Length
The thicker a wood floor is, the higher its insulation value and the greater its stability. More material is required, therefore the price is typically higher. Features such as wide planks and random length planks (or both features combined) provide additional value and often produce a more luxurious appearance.

9/16 in x 5 in x 72 in (Fusix Pro)
9/16" in thickness combine with the high density core for great insulation value. The wide, long boards significantly reduce overall installation time while also reducing the amount of potential fault points where planks meet.

1/2 in x 5-5/8 in x 72-1/2 in (Brushed Artisan)
1/2" in overall plank thickness with extra wide and long planks. Density of solid strand woven bamboo is greater than wood and provides as much stability/insulation value as a thicker wood floor. 
Bamboo Style Strand WovenStrand Woven
Strand Woven bamboo is constructed using recycled shreds of bamboo and bonding them using intense heat and resins. This produces a very hard floor that can be up 4 times harder than Red oak flooring. Strand woven bamboo is an excellent choice for kitchens and other high traffic areas.
Color Tone Medium
Color Variation Medium
Construction SolidSolid Hardwood
Solid hardwood floors are milled from one solid plank of wood and designed for nail down or staple installations over wood sub floors. They can be made from a variety of wood species and their durability depends on the manufacturing process, density of the wood itself, plank width, and its overall thickness. The thicker the wood, the higher its insulation value and the more times it can be refinished over its lifetime.
Edge Eased EdgeEased Edges
Eased edges are similar to beveled edges with a less distinct 'v' shaped groove that tapers off where the planks meet. Eased edges can be great for concealing minor height fluctuations from plank to plank caused by imperfections in the subfloor.
Installation Method Float, Glue, Staple/NailNail/Staple
Nail down or Staple installations occur over wood subfloors, OSB, and sometimes over existing linoleum or vinyl floors (if less than ⅛” in thickness and glued fully to subfloor). Nail/staple installations can not be performed over other wood floors, floating floors, tile floors or particle board subfloors.

Float
A floating installation is when a floor is not attached directly to the subfloor using nails, staples or glue. The floor is installed over a layer of flooring underlayment, hence the name, "floating floor". Floating floors can be installed over some floors that are adhered directly to the subfloor, but not other floating floors.

Float, Nail, Staple, Glue
This floor can either be glued, nailed, stapled or floated over various types of subfloors (even some existing floors). Its construction allows for a series of installation options offering a great solution for when you want to have the same floor in different rooms with different subfloor types.
Finish 8-Layer UV Cured Klumpp Finish with Aluminum OxideUV Cured Polyurethane With Aluminum Oxide 
Westhollow uses only the highest quality polyurethane with aluminum oxide additive. Aluminum oxide is the second hardest substance known to man and largely responsible for the scratch resistance of the floor. UV curing is a process in which UV rays significantly harden the overall finish.

UV Cured Klumpp Finish With Aluminum Oxide
Klumpp brand finish is a water based, solvent free system and considered more eco-friendly than oil based finishes. An aluminum oxide additive adds excellent scratch resistance while the UV curing process hardens the protective barrier. 
Surface Wire Brushed and Hand ScrapedWire Brushed & Hand Scraped
Each plank is chiseled by hand and wire brushed to accentuate the natural grain patterns of the wood. It also ads an aged, worn look to the floor. The hand scraping combined with the wire brushed finish give the feel of an antique floor, while also making each completely unique.
Janka Rating 4650Janka Rating
Wood hardness is rated by the Janka Hardness Scale, and typically the softer the wood, the more susceptible it is to denting or scratching. Janka ratings are determined by the amount of pressure it takes to drive a steel ball into the surface of a wood. The more pressure it requires, the higher a wood’s rating.
Warranty 35-Year Residential/5 Year Light Commercial55 Year Residential Warranty
For a period of 55 years and provided our maintenance guidelines are followed, we will guarantee that our finish won’t peel off or wear through to the wood’s surface.

25 Year Residential / 3 Year Light Commercial
When Westhollow maintenance guidelines are followed, we guarantee our floor finish for will not wear through or peel off in residential applications for a period of 25 years. For installations in areas like doctor's offices, hair salons and other light commercial applications, Westhollow guarantees the finish for 3 years.

35-Year Residential / 5 Year Light Commercial
When Westhollow maintenance guidelines are followed, we guarantee our floor finish for will not wear through or peel off in residential applications for a period of 35 years. For installations in areas like doctor's offices, hair salons and other light commercial applications, Westhollow guarantees the finish for 5 years.

1/2" Fairbanks Hand Sculpted Solid Strand Woven Bamboo

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Care & Maintenance

Do not use a wet spray micro fiber mop, or wet swiffers. Never use wax, polish, abrasive cleaners or scouring agents as they may dull or distort the finish.

For normal everyday cleaning use a broom or a DRY swiffer to sweep up any debris. For hard to clean spots use a lightly damp cloth or mop to clean or you can use a hard surface spray cleaner, just spray a light mist on the floor and then mop with a DRY micro fiber mop. Avoid using excessive moisture. Too much moisture can cause warping, or buckling which is not covered under warranty. All spills should be cleaned up immediately. Use protective pads under furniture. USE CAUTION: Planks are slippery when wet.

It's a good idea to save a few panels in case of accidental damage. Planks can be replaced or repaired by flooring professional.



ENGINEERED FLOORING INSTALLATON GUIDELINES

Jump To: Floating Installation, Nail Down Installation, Glue Down Installation

Natural flooring reacts to the conditions in the environment. Natural flooring plank systems expand and contract in response to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Controlling the environment, maintaining an adequate temperature and relative humidity will minimize the visible effects of normal contraction and expansion. Optimum recommended temperature is 70°F and relative humidity is 40%-60%. In very dry climates, the use of a humidifier is necessary.

Installation Guidlines:
Inspect the bamboo product for the correct shipment, grade, and for any visible defects prior to installation. Our Warranty does not cover bamboo products with visible defects that are installed.

Prior to installation:
It is the responsibility of the owner/installer to ensure that the flooring and the sub floor have been acclimated sufficiently. Moisture content should not vary more than 3% between floor and subfloor at time of installation.


FLOATING INSTALLATION GUIDE

The Floating method (not securing to the sub floor) offers a fast, convenient, and cost efficient way to install a Bamboo Floor. The floating method is also known to produce a very stable floor due to the fact that it is not secured to the sub floor. Floating floors are also ideal for those applications that have multiple floor coverings that may be too troublesome to remove.

Floating bamboo floors need proper expansion areas as do other types of bamboo installations. Small layouts or square rooms may only need 3/8" expansion. If the installation flows into other rooms and runs in excess of 30 feet or thereabouts, a greater expansion area should be allowed. Do not install any floating floors against a fixed object such as fireplace, columns and the like. Failure to follow this advice may result in tenting or buckled floors.

Recommended Tools
  • Premium Tongue & Groove Flooring Glue
  • Tape measure
  • Miter saw (chop-saw)
  • Tapping block (trimmed piece of flooring)
  • Pencil
  • Flat bar or pull bar
  • Hammer
  • Wood or plastic spacers (1/2")
  • Chalk line
  • Underlayment

Installing Over Concrete Slab
  • It must be flat, clean and dry.
  • The sub floor cannot vary more than 3/16" every 8ft
  • Moisture test is recommended.
  • It is recommended to place a moisture barrier over the concrete, usually 6 mil polyurethane sheeting.

Installation Steps:
1. It is recommended to install the planks parallel to the longest wall.

2. Using spacers to maintain the expansion space, begin by laying the first plank in a corner with the long grooved side toward the long wall.

3. Apply a small continuous consistent bead of a Premium T&G flooring glue along the bottom side of the groove.

4. Connect the short side of the second plank together with the mating side of the first plank.

5. Cut the last plank and complete the row. Use the remaining plank to start the second row.

6. Be sure to offset the end joins of consecutive rows by a minimum of six inches for best appearance.

7. Continue the second row by connecting the short edges of the planks first with the long edges.

8. The last row may require rip cutting the planks to size.

9. Cut enough to create the expansion space.

10. As with the other rows, connect the short edges first and use a pull bar to tap the long edges together.

Maintenance
Vacuum or sweep the floor on a regular basis or as needed to remove dirt, sand or grit. Soak up spills immediately using a dry towel or dry mop. Never wet-mop a hardwood floor. Protect floor from moving furniture by using "feet" or protective caps. Pick up heavy objects; do not slide furniture or appliances across the floor. Keep pets nails trimmed to avoid excess scratching. Avoid rubber backing, vinyl or non-ventilated rugs. Limit direct sunlight on floor by using curtains and blinds in areas that are exposed to high UV rays. Maintain humidity between 40% -60%. To remove hard-to-clean substances such as chewing gum, use Goof-Off or Goo-Gone. Floor wax and oil should not be used.

NAIL-DOWN INSTALLATION GUIDE

Prior to installation: It is the responsibility of the owner/installer to ensure that the flooring and the sub floor have been acclimated sufficiently. Moisture content should not vary more than 3% between floor and subfloor at time of installation.

  • After receiving your order, Gala Manufacturing recommends storing the Bamboo flooring at installation area, with boxes opened, for a minimum of 72 hours before installation to allow flooring to adjust to room temperature and humidity.
  • Since bamboo is a natural product visible color variations may occur. We recommend opening all cartons of flooring before beginning installation to check for shade and then mixing cartons to achieve a natural variation throughout the entire floor.
  • Since wood expands with any increase in moisture content, we recommend leaving at least 1/2" expansion space between flooring and all walls and vertical objects (such as pipes and cabinets).
  • Moisture difference between the floor and the sub-floor should not be more than 3 %
  • Determine the installation method that best suits your application: Gala Manufacturing’s Bamboo floors may be Floated (not secured to the sub floor), Glued, or Nailed.

Installation Method:
Before you start we recommend that the sub floor is tested for moisture content first and is properly prepared. Prep the sub-floor using an asphalt, felt or rosin paper and install as recommended by the manufacturer. When nailing, the bamboo floor should be always laid perpendicular to the floor joist. Choose a nailer model that is specifically designed for tongue and groove applications so no damage is caused to the surface of the flooring.

Recommended Tools:
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Miter saw (chop-saw)
  • Tapping block (trimmed piece of flooring)
  • Pencil
  • Flat bar or pull bar
  • Wood or plastic spacers (1/2")
  • Chalk line
  • Carpenters square
  • Underlayment/moisture barrier(felt paper or rosin paper)
  • Pneumatic tongue-and-groove flooring stapler or nailer
  • 1-1/2" to 2" long 18 gauge crown staples(stapler)
  • or 1-1/2" to 2" 18 gauge cleats (nailer)***

Installation Steps:
1. Dry lay (do not nail) a couple rows before starting installation to confirm your layout plan.

2. Test the pressure and angle of your pneumatic nailer with a test plank of flooring. If you note any dimpling, adjust the air pressure/angle accordingly. Test until dimpling no longer occurs and continue.

3. Hold starter row in place by blind nailing (an alternative choice is to glue down the first row to avoid unsightly nail marks).

4. Begin installation next to an outside wall. This is the best reference for establishing a straight working line.

5. After the first two rows are secured, start the next row by nailing directly above the tongue at a 45 degree angle.

6. Recommended nail spacing is 10 to 12 inches apart along the length of each floorboard.

7. Avoid nailing closer that 6" from the end of the plank.

8. Connect the short side of the second plank together with the matting side of the first plank.

9. Cut the last plank and complete the row. Use the remaining plank to start the second row.

10. Be sure to offset the end joins of consecutive rows by a minimum of six inches for best appearance.

11. Continue the second row by connecting the short edges of the planks first with the long edges.

12. The last row may require rip cutting the planks to size.

13. As with the other rows, connect the short edges first and use a pull bar to tap the long edges together.

14. Remember to always allow 1/2" to 3/4" space for expansion around the perimeter of the room

15. Always check your working lines to be sure the floor is still aligned.

16. The last two rows will need to be secured in the same manner as the first two rows.

Maintenance
Vacuum or sweep the floor on a regular basis or as needed to remove dirt, sand or grit. Soak up spills immediately using a dry towel or dry mop. Never wet-mop a hardwood floor. Protect floor from moving furniture by using "feet" or protective caps. Pick up heavy objects; do not slide furniture or appliances across the floor. Keep pets nails trimmed to avoid excess scratching. Avoid rubber backing, vinyl or non-ventilated rugs. Limit direct sunlight on floor by using curtains and blinds in areas that are exposed to high UV rays. Maintain humidity between 40% -60%. To remove hard-to-clean substances such as chewing gum, use Goof-Off or Goo-Gone. Floor wax and oil should not be used.

GLUE-DOWN INSTALLATION GUIDE Prior to installation: It is the responsibility of the owner/installer to ensure that the flooring and the sub floor have been acclimated sufficiently. Moisture content should not vary more than 3% between floor and subfloor at time of installation.

After receiving your order, Westhollow recommends storing the bamboo flooring at installation area, with boxes opened, for a minimum of 72 hours before installation to allow flooring to adjust to room temperature and humidity.

  • Since bamboo is a natural product visible color variations may occur. We recommend opening all cartons of flooring before beginning installation to check for shade and then mixing cartons to achieve a natural variation throughout the entire floor.
  • Since wood expands with any increase in moisture content, we recommend leaving at least 1/2" expansion space between flooring and all walls and vertical objects (such as pipes and cabinets).
  • Moisture difference between the floor and the sub-floor should not be more than 3 %
  • Determine the installation method that best suits your application: May may be Floated (not secured to the subfloor), Glued.

Installation Method:
This installation method is commonly used when installing over concrete that is at grade or above grade. Gala Manufacturing does not recommend gluing below grade. Gala Manufacturing highly recommends using Taylor MS Plus Advance as well as Taylor 2071 Flooring Adhesive.

Recommended Tools:
  • Flooring adhesive: Taylor Adhesive
  • Tape measure
  • Miter saw (chop-saw)
  • Tapping block (trimmed piece of flooring)
  • Pencil
  • Flat bar or pull bar
  • Carpenter Square
  • Hammer
  • Wood or plastic spacers (1/2")
  • Chalk line
  • Adhesive trowel as recommended by adhesive manufacturer
  • 3M low-adhesive Blue tape

Glue down over concrete Slab:
  • Concrete must be fully cured and at least 60 days old.
  • Moisture Content - All concrete should be tested for moisture. A calcium Chloride Test is recommended. Vapor pressure should not exceed 3lbs per 1000 sq. ft.
  • Westhollow recommends that a Taylor sealer is used prior to glue application.
  • Preparation-Concrete must be clean, dry, structurally sound, properly cured and free of dirt, oil, paint, old adhesive, wax, sealers and curing agents. The concrete must be flat to a tolerance of 3/16" in a 10’ radius. Hollow spots, popping spots and squeaks are related to unevenness in the subfloor.

Glue Down over Wood Sub-floor:
  • Wood Must be Structurally sound and well secured
  • Clean and Dry
  • Sanded level and smooth before installation
  • Free of contaminates that may interfere with bonding
  • Nail or screw every 12" on center along joists to avoid squeaking. (Nail ¾” CDX Plywood to Joist, not the flooring).

The following definitions will help you decide which method is best for you.

Wet Lay Method: In the "wet lay" method you do not flash the adhesive; you begin laying the wood flooring immediately after troweling the adhesive. While using the wet lay method, you cannot work on top of the flooring that was just installed. Working in small sections is helpful for this method as it will allow you to reach across the adhesive to install the wood flooring without putting any weight on it.

Flashed Method: The "flashed"** method is when the adhesive is allowed to flash for the recommended amount of time prior to installing the wood flooring. While using this method, you are advised to trowel out larger sections of the room so that you spend most of your time laying wood rather than flashing adhesive.

Installation Method:
1. Dry lay (do not glue) a couple rows before starting installation to confirm your layout plan.

2. Lay the first row of flooring with groove facing the wall, Starter rows should be secured by gluing. Begin installation next to an outside wall. This is the best reference for establishing a straight working line.

3. Connect the short side of the second plank together with the mating side of the first plank.

4. Cut the last plank and complete the row. Use the remaining plank to start the second row.

5. Be sure to offset the end joins of consecutive rows by a minimum of six inches for best appearance.

6. Continue the second row by connecting the short edges of the planks first with the long edges.

7. The last row may require rip cutting the planks to size.

8. As with the other rows, connect the short edges first and use a pull bar to tap the long edges together.

9. Always check your working lines to be sure the floor is still aligned.

10. Use tapping block to fit planks together, but be careful not to let installed floor move on the wet adhesive while you are working.

11. Tighten side and end joints and prevent scooting by securing the flooring together with painters tape.

12. Flooring planks on perimeter of room may require weight on them until adhesive cures enough to hold them down.

13. Begin installation next to an outside wall. This is the best reference for establishing a straight working line.

14. Always allow 1/2" to 3/4" space for expansion around the perimeter of the room.

15. 15. Use mineral spirits and a damp cloth to immediately remove any wet adhesive on flooring surface as you go.

Maintenance
Vacuum or sweep the floor on a regular basis or as needed to remove dirt, sand or grit. Soak up spills immediately using a dry towel or dry mop. Never wet-mop a hardwood floor. Protect floor from moving furniture by using "feet" or protective caps. Pick up heavy objects; do not slide furniture or appliances across the floor. Keep pets nails trimmed to avoid excess scratching. Avoid rubber backing, vinyl or non-ventilated rugs. Limit direct sunlight on floor by using curtains and blinds in areas that are exposed to high UV rays. Maintain humidity between 40% -60%. To remove hard-to-clean substances such as chewing gum, use Goof-Off or Goo-Gone. Floor wax and oil should not be used.

Q: What is a solid strand woven bamboo floor? A: Woven, strand-woven or stranded bamboo construction, as it's sometimes called, differs dramatically than both horizontal and vertical construction. Instead of gluing strips of bamboo together in a uniform way, strands of bamboo fibers are compressed under intense pressure to form the floorboards. The woven look of bamboo flooring is very nontraditional. Manufacturers can create very exotic looking flooring, blending varying colors and length of bamboo strips. Woven construction is also the most environmentally friendly form of bamboo flooring because it uses very little adhesive. It's also considered to be the most durable of all the bamboo flooring due to the intense pressure used to create it.

Q. How do I acclimate my solid strand woven bamboo floor?
A: Let the solid woven strand bamboo flooring acclimate for 10 days, in a controlled climate, with boxes opened and laid flat in the room where the flooring is to be installed. If you are in an area with high humidity, you may need to install some humidity controls like a humidifier or dehumidifier.

Q: What are the different types of installation techniques for solid strand woven bamboo floor?
A: Nail Down - Nails are used to fasten the solid woven strand bamboo floor to the subfloor. We recommend using a pneumatic Powernailer model 50P and 18 gauge cleats.

Glue down – A full trowel adhesive is used for this technique. Troweling the adhesive in small sections, the solid strand woven strand flooring is installed directly on top of the adhesive before it has a chance to cure.

Floating – The Floating method (not securing to the subfloor) offers a fast, convenient, and cost efficient way to install a bamboo floor. The floating method is also known to produce a very stable floor due to the fact that it is not secured to the subfloor. (See Westhollow Installation methods for more info on any of these installation techniques.)

Q: Can I install solid strand woven bamboo floor in the bathroom?
A: NO. We do not recommend installing solid strand woven bamboo floors in the bathroom because of concerns with high moisture content.

Q: Why is it important to avoid installing all the planks from one box and then moving to the next one?
A: Different boxes of the same solid strand woven bamboo floor can vary noticeably in color and grain, so mixing the pieces from different boxes will ensure that shade variations look random after installation. Also, before starting, take time to check moisture content in both the actual flooring and the subflooring. Strictly follow manufacturer’s recommendations for correct moisture content at installation.

Q: Can I install my solid strand woven bamboo floor below grade (lower than the ground line) in my basement?
A: Yes. By using the floating installation method using a tongue and groove glue as well as a 6mm polyurethane sheeting and an underlayment material.

Q. Do I need a moisture barrier for an above grade flooring installation?
A: Only if there is a crawl space less than 1.5 feet below the subfloor. It is recommended that a vapor barrier of 6mm polyurethane sheeting be placed between the solid strand woven bamboo flooring and the subfloor to prevent any moisture from getting to the floor. If nailing the floor we recommend using a of 15-pound felt paper that should be placed between the solid strand bamboo hardwood flooring and the wood subfloor

Q: Can I install solid strand woven bamboo floor over a radiant heat subfloor?
A: NO. We recommend using an HDF core product over radiant heat subfloors.

Q. Is the Westhollow solid strand woven bamboo floor the most durable on the market?
A: We can only give the facts. The Westhollow solid srand woven bamboo floor rates at over 3,000 on the Janka Hardness scale. Please refer to the Janka Hardness rating scale

Q. What is the Janka Hardenss rating scale?
A: The Janka Hardness test measures the resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear. It measures the force required to embed an 11.28 mm (0.444 in) steel ball into wood to half the ball's diameter. This method leaves an indentation. A common use of Janka hardness ratings is to determine whether a species is suitable for use as flooring.

Q. When ordering solid strand woven bamboo floor, how much extra is needed to allow for waste?
A: Add 10 percent for waste and cuts. It is also a good idea to have a box or carton of flooring leftover for any issues or remodeling that may occur in the future.

Q. How long will it take to install my solid strand woven bamboo floor?
A: Installation crews can probably install around 300-500 square feet of pre-finished nail-down or glue-down solid bamboo flooring per day.

Q. Can I install the solid strand woven bamboo floor myself?
A: With the right tools and by following the installation guidelines you can install a solid strand woven bamboo floor, but there are some tricky aspects to it, and unless you’re experienced and accustomed to working with your hands, you may be better off seeking professional assistance.

Q: Why is it important to avoid installing all the planks from one box and then moving to the next one?
A: Different boxes of the same hardwood can vary noticeably in color and grain, so mixing the pieces from different boxes will ensure that shade variations look random after installation. Also, before starting, take time to check moisture content in both the actual flooring and the subflooring. Strictly follow manufacturer’s recommendations for correct moisture content at installation.

Q. What is a molding/molding piece?
A: The Quarter Round molding is used to hide the expansion gap left around walls during installation.

The T-molding is used as a threshold in doorways or as a transition strip where the hardwood flooring meets floor or carpet of similar height. T moldings can also be used to change the direction in which the floor is laid.

The Reducer molding is used as a transition from the height of the sub-floor to the height of the hardwood floor.

The Stairnose molding is used to cover the front edge of a stair tread or step. If used on a stair, flooring is installed behind the Stairnose to cover the horizontal part (the tread) of the stair.

The StairTread molding is a one-piece molding used to entirely cover the structural stair tread.
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