Click Strand Woven Bamboo HDF core pad attached Tiger Shadow
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25-Year Residential/3 Year Light Commercial
Click Strand Woven Bamboo HDF core pad attached Tiger Shadow

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Bamboo Collection Fusix Pro
Coverage 20.02Coverage
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 in x 72 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.
Pad Attached YesPad Attached (Yes)
Attached padding means you don't have to install the underlayment beforehand. This also reduces the amount of installation time and eliminates any air pockets between the underlayment and the floor. That produces a quieter floor, and when additional underlayment is added, a whisper quiet floor. 
Color Tone Medium
Color Variation High
Construction Engineered HDFHDF Core
Westhollow HDF cores are made mostly from recycled sawdust and the highest quality adhesives. Our cores offer excellent dimensional stability and excellent resistance to dents or gouges. Each is Lacey and CARB compliant to ensure the safety of your family. 
Wear Layer Thickness 2.5mm
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.
Joint Style ClickClick
Click floors connect using using a click locking mechanism that doesn't require any glue glue where the planks meet. Dependent on the quality of the locking mechanism, click floors are typically the easiest to install and the choice of most diy consumers.
Installation Method FloatNail/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 11-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 SmoothSmooth
A smooth surface floor is exactly how it's described. You should be able to run your hand across the top of the plank and not feel any textures or imperfections.
Janka Rating 3000Janka 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 25-Year Residential/3 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.

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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.



INSTALLATON GUIDELINES
Engineered Hardwood Installation Guidelines (PDF)

General Installation
Westhollow Bamboo Unilin Flooring is a revolutionary system for installing solid flooring without using glue. Westhollow Bamboo Unilin Flooring uses an ingenious form of tongue and groove to “click” the panel together. Because there is no glue, Westhollow Bamboo Unilin Click Lock Flooring is much easier and cleaner to work with.

1. You can join together the panels of the Westhollow Bamboo Unilin Flooring System in two different ways:
  • A. The panels can be rotated to fit into one another, with either the tongue into the groove, or the groove into the tongue. The easiest way to fit the Westhollow Unilin Uniclic Flooring is tongue into groove. Installation instructions are based on using this installation technique. Fitting the groove onto the tongue is only required in a few specific situations. Position the panel to be installed at an angle of 20°-30° to the panel already installed. Move the panel to be fitted slightly up and down at the same time exerting forward pressure. The panels will then click into place together.
  • B. In some cases, the panels cannot be rotated into one another, for example along the short edge of a panel that has already been clicked into place along the long side, or under a door frame etc. In this case, the panels can also be fitted lying flat.

NOTE:Check the panels from all cartons before and during installation. Before installing, all cartons must be fully acclimatized for 5-7 days with temperatures ranging from 50°-70°F. In the unlikely event of there being any damaged panels, these should not be installed.

Note: The relative humidity of any room can be checked with a hygrometer.
Note on bowing: The boards may be slightly concave or convex when removed from the carton. Once they are properly installed they will lay flat.

Westhollow Bamboo is all natural, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, completely renewable and uses low emission glues and finishes. All of our glues out-perform both the stringent E1 (European) and Califrnia (U.S.) emission standards, the highest ratings available. The harmless odor of new bamboo flooring will dissipate within the first 48 to 72 hours after insallation with normal ventilation.

2. Tools for installing the Flooring:
  • hammer
  • saw
  • crowbar or pinch bar with protruding edge (to be tapped on with a hammer)
  • spacer blocks (3/8”).

    When sawing pieces off the panels, use a fine-toothed hand saw, jigsaw or cross-cut saw. To achieve a clean cut, saw with the top side down with a jigsaw and up with a hand saw or cross-cut saw.

3. The Best Preparation
The floor should preferably be installed parallel to the way the light falls. The floor should be installed in an environment that is at a temperature of 60°F-70°F and relative humidity of 40-60%. Allow Westhollow Bamboo Unilin Flooring to acclimatize for 5-7 days in its original packing, in the area where it is to be installed. Place the packs, opened or unopened, in the middle of the room, NEVER against a wall or placed in a corner.
  • Doors can still open and close after installing the floor with a sub-floor (minimum of 3/8”).
  • Door frames may need to be adapted to install the floor under them.

4. Subfloors
Repair any defects in the subfloors. All sub-floors must be clean, firm, flat (within 3/16” in 10 ft), dry (less than 3% moisture on concrete, 10% or less on plywood) and smooth.

Plywood subfloors must conform to the U.S. Uniform Building Code. The moisture content of the plywood subfloor must not exceed 10%. It is essential that the crawl space under wood subfloors is sufficiently ventilated. Remove any obstacles and provide sufficient ventilation. A 6 mil poly vapor barrier must be installed on the crawl space floor.

Concrete subfloor must not exceed 3lbs using a Calcium Chloride test method (ASTM) or 80% Relative Humidity (ASTM).

Existing flooring such as full spread sheet vinyl are acceptable to go over providing they are tightly bonded with no loose edges or seams. Approved cushion underlay is still required.

In areas exceeding acceptable moisture levels, and in all on or below grade installations a moisture vapor barrier is required.

5. BASIC INSTALLATION
Installing Under Door Frames

Installation Steps

  • Fig. 1 Slide the flooring at least 1/4 inch underneath the frame and wall base. Also leave a concealed 1/4 inch expansion space under each.
  • Fig. 2 Assemble the first row of planks with the tongue side toward the staring wall. Insert the tongue into the groove of the end joints and totate downward. Keep planks aligned and joints closed.
  • Fig. 3 Use spacers to maintain a 1/4 inch expansion space.
    NOTE: For rooms exceeding 25’ in any direction, additional expansion space should be added at the rate of 1/16" for every 1/3 of flooring. To add expansion space in the middle of a room, leave an appropriately sized gap between planks and cover the gap with a T-style molding. Expansion space may be added at the perimeter by leaving extra space between the edge of the flooring and the wall. Add additional expansion joints in doorways and archways, covering the gap with a molding, such as a T-molding or a Threshold.
  • Fig. 4 Remove the tongue on the end of the first plank and the tongue along the length of all planks against the starting wall when the starting wall is straight.
  • Fig. 5 If the starting wall is uneven, scribe or draw the contour of the wall on the planks and cut along the pencil line. Also remove the tongue on the end of the first plank of the first row.
  • Fig. 6 Loose lay the first row of planks appropriately 2 feet from the starting wall. Cut the first plank of row two 32 inces in length and loose lay several full sized planks for row two.
  • Fig. 7 At a slight angle, insert the tongue of plank two into the groove of plank 1 until the laminate edges meet, then press downward until the joint locks. There should not be any gaps at the joints.
  • Fig. 8 Join the short end of plank 1 to the end of plank 3 while keeping the plank ends perfectly aligned.
  • Fig. 9 Slide the two assembled rows to the starting wall. Maintain a 1/4 inch expansion space with spacers. Use pieces cut from the opposite wall to begin the next row or anther row always providing at least a 12 inch or greater distance between the end joints from one row to the next.
  • Fig. 10 Cutting the last row: Place a full row of planks directly on top of the last installed row of full planks. Use the full width of a scrap piece of plank. Place the tongue side against the wall and the pencil against the extended groove and mark a line the length of the wall. Cut along the pencil line.
  • Fig. 11 When installing around pipes, leave a 1/4 inch expansion space around the pipes. Use glue to join the cut pieces. Installing under doorframes: Assemble the short and long sides using the pull bar if needed.

6. Radiant Heated Sub-Floors
Before installing over a radiant-heated floor, turn off the heat and wait until the floors has reached room temperature(68°-70°F). after installing the floor, return the heat to the previous setting. This should be done gradually over a three week period. The use of an exterior thermostat will raise the home temperature at a more controlled rate as the temperature outside falls, putting less stress on the flooring.
Caution> the slab surface must never exceed 85°F in temperature.
Q: Can I install my engineered bamboo below grade (lower than the ground line) in my basement?
A: Yes, we recommend all below grade installations be done using the floating floor installation method. This will require a moisture barrier (and underlayment) to protect your floor from being affected by the vapor being off-gassed by the concrete.

Q: Can I install engineered bamboo over a radiant heat subfloor?
A:Yes, you may use a radiant head source with engineered bamboo flooring that has either an HDF (High Density Fiberboard) core or a wood cross ply core, however you must ensure that the heat source does not exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Solid bamboo floors are NOT recommended to work with a radiant heat source.

Q: What is the difference between bamboo flooring and hardwood flooring?
A:There are several advantages to using bamboo flooring compared to hardwood flooring. First, bamboo flooring is an environmentally friendly product. It takes only a few years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity, while it takes decades for hardwood trees. And when bamboo is harvested, the root continues to live and produces new stock. Each year, one “mother plant” generates several new bamboo stems that grow to full length in a few months, and to mature hardness in about five years. Bamboo plants are therefore quickly replenished following a harvest. Second, strand bamboo is actually harder than hardwood so it makes a more durable flooring. Third, in many cases bamboo is less expensive than hardwood while installation costs are the same. Hardwood installers and contractors need no additional training to install bamboo flooring. Bamboo can be installed using exactly the same tools and methods as are used for installing hardwood.

Q: How do I maintain/clean my new bamboo floor?
A:Here is a quick link to our care and maintenance instructions for all hard surface products for Westhollow floors.

Q: What happens if my floor gets flooded?
A:The short answer is that it would not be covered by a flooring warranty, but rather by homeowners insurance (or possibly renters insurance). The slightly longer explanation is that flooring in general is not made to last through a flood situation. Moisture and flooring don't mix well, be sure to read the warranty to ensure that you create the right environment for your flooring to remain beautiful until the day that you decide to look at a new floor! Even flooring that can handle that moisture would most likely need to be replaced because a flood situation could ruin the sub-floor along with many other non-flooring related concerns. The best thing to do is to do your best to avoid any kind of flooding, wipe up small scale spills as quickly as possible, and ensure that you are covered with insurance in the case of a flood!

Q: How can I keep my floor looking like new for as long as possible?
A:Like a new car, a new floor's first scratch is inevitable no matter what precautions you take. To prevent as much abuse as you can there are some wise actions you can take to help your floors look beautiful for years to come!
  1. Use felt pads under all furniture feet (couches, tables, chairs, desks, etc) to avoid scratches.
  2. Choose not to wear shoes inside the home. Shoes can grind dirt and rock particles into the floor finish possibly scratching it or reducing its luster.
  3. Keep the floor as clean as possible. The less foreign particles on the floor, then less chance that something bad will happen to your floor!
  4. When moving large pieces of furniture make sure that you protect your floor with padding to ensure that something soft absorbs the weight of the furniture without touching the floor itself with any sharp edges, or without the chance to grind in an loose dirt.
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