Morning Star  5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo
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Morning Star Bamboo- 5/8" x 3-3/4" Prefinished Solid Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo Flooring- 30 Year Warranty

Morning Star Bamboo Flooring is one of the best bamboo floors on the market today. It is produced from old growth bamboo reeds that are at least 4 years old, thereby increasing hardness. Morning Star Bamboo Flooring creates a naturally beautiful and ecologically friendly product that evokes a feeling of luxury.

Quick Highlights:
- Real Bamboo
- Eco-Friendly
- Low Emission Adhesive
- Glue or Nail Down
- Premium Finish
- 30 Year Warranty

Strand
Twice as hard as oak, strand bamboo is an optimal choice for busy homes when durability is needed to stand up to the wear and tear of family foot traffic, active kids and even pets. 

To make strand bamboo, shredded bamboo fibers are compressed under extreme heat and pressure.  This manufacturing process yields flooring that is even harder and more dense than traditional bamboo floors. Available in a variety of colors to complement and décor, all Morning Star strand bamboo products are finished with premium coating and backed by a 30 year warranty.

And, since bamboo is a naturally sustainable grass that re-grows spontaneously after harvest, you can feel good about making an environmentally friendly flooring decision.


It's simple...
Eco-Friendly. Beautiful look. Beautiful price.

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  We caught up with real Lumber Liquidators' customers who volunteered to discuss their floor shopping, buying and installation experiences. In no way did these customers receive compensation for their kind words. (They're speaking straight from the heart.)

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Specs

Brand: Morning Star

FLOORING SKU: 10015285

Limited Warranty: 30 years

Trade Name: Bamboo

Marketing Name: Bamboo

Janka Rating: 2789

AC Rating: N/A

Grade: -

Color Shade: Medium

Width: 3 3/4"

Thickness: 5/8"

Construction: Solid

Installation Type: Glue, Nail

Sq. Ft. Per Box: 17.11

Hardness Rating: 116% harder than Red Oak

Waste: 10%

Weight per box/unit: 59.88

Installation Details: Installation Guide.pdf

Installation
Reviews
Displaying reviews 1-10 of 252

2/22/2015

Red oak flooring

By Dave

from San Leandro

About Me: Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros: Attractive Finish, Beautiful Color, Durable

Cons:

Best Uses: Bedroom, Dining Room, Family Room, Living Room

Comments about Morning Star  5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo: Excellent product and customer service

Bottom Line: , I would recommend this to a friend

9/21/2014

"Absoutely Amazing"

By Dondee

from Upper Marlboro, MD

About Me: Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros: Attractive Finish, Beautiful Color, Durable

Cons:

Best Uses: Bedroom, Dining Room, Family Room, Living Room

Comments about Morning Star  5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo: I had the carpet replaced with hardwood floors in my living and dining rooms. What a difference it made.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

9/16/2014

Love it!

By Strawberry Princess

from Lakeland FL

About Me: Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros: Attractive Finish, Beautiful Color, Durable

Cons:

Best Uses: Bedroom, Dining Room, Family Room, Living Room

Comments about Morning Star  5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo: Installed throughout entire house we are renovating. No complaints. Easy to install.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

9/16/2014

I would buy this again

By speddy

from Denver Colorado

About Me: Beginner

Pros: Attractive Finish, Beautiful Color, Durable

Cons:

Best Uses: Bedroom

Comments about Morning Star  5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo: Easy to install

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

9/11/2014

Pretty but shows the dirt big time

By Cindy loo hoo

from Ellsworth ME

About Me: Beginner

Pros: Attractive Finish, Beautiful Color, Durable

Cons: Shows Any Dirt At All

Best Uses: Bedroom

Comments about Morning Star  5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo: Looks like it could be slippery. It's pretty all installed in our new home. Cleans easily with vacuum and dust mop.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

9/9/2014

wonderful product

By Sreeni

from Piscataway NJ

About Me: Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros: Attractive Finish, Beautiful Color, Durable, Easy To Clean, Easy To Install

Cons: None

Best Uses: Bedroom, Dining Room, Family Room, Kitchen, Living Room, Office

Comments about Morning Star  5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo: Easy to use well worth the money

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

9/9/2014

Very impressed with this!

By Michelle

from Charleston SC

About Me: Beginner

Pros: Attractive Finish, Beautiful Color, Durable

Cons: Difficult To Glue Install

Best Uses: Dining Room, Family Room, Living Room

Comments about Morning Star  5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo: Now that it is installed I love it! Beautiful!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

9/7/2014

Happy with the purchase

By Pleased consumer

from Lafayette, La

About Me: Beginner

Pros: Beautiful Color, Easy To Clean

Cons: Difficult To Glue Install

Best Uses: Living Room

Comments about Morning Star  5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo: We had this floor installed in our living room,hall,and master bedroom. We are very pleased with the purchase and how it looks. The flooring has great color and has been easy to keep clean so far.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

9/6/2014

Doing the job

By Erin the mommy

from York PA

About Me: Beginner

Pros: Easy To Clean, Easy To Install

Cons: Difficult To Glue Install

Best Uses: Playroom

Comments about Morning Star  5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo: Works well in my son's playroom. He drives his little cars on it and I don't see any scratches!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

9/5/2014

Flooring Made Easy

By Graphics Man

from Ahoskie, NC

About Me: Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros: Attractive Finish, Beautiful Color, Durable, Easy To Clean, Easy To Install

Cons: Difficult To Glue Install

Best Uses: Bedroom, Dining Room, Family Room, Office

Comments about Morning Star  5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo: The instructions are good, you just have to read them & digest what they tell you
It's important to plan how you are going too tackle this flooring project
Be able to develop a mental picture of how you are going to tackle this project
PLAN YOUR CUTS, this will minimize YOUR WASTE -I wasted less than 2%

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Questions & Answers
Q: What should I be using to clean the floors? I used a mop and just water and it left water marks...
Asked on 5/1/2014 by Jack from Upstate NY

A: Our wood floors are manufactured for maximum durability, easy maintenance and finished with a high quality aluminum oxide water base urethane UV cured finish. This step protects the wood and helps keep the flooring looking beautiful longer. While highly durable, the finish is NOT considered indestructible. However, by observing a few precautions like setting up a regular cleaning routine and simple maintenance program to protect the finish, you can expect years of performance and beauty from your wood floor. All wood floors can show signs of wear over time. There are many factors that can affect the amount of wear. These include the size and lifestyle of your family and product location.
The following cleaning principles are recommended for all of our products -Hardwood, Laminates, Corks, Bamboo and other Exotics. Outlined are examples of the reasonable and necessary maintenance to be performed; this is only intended to be a basic list;
• Immediately after installation, be certain that the flooring is completely cleaned and dry as described below. If you must protect the flooring from traffic, use only “craft” paper, brown, red or white, this will allow the flooring to “breathe”. Do not fully cover the flooring. NEVER lay plastic of any kind or any other non-porous material over the flooring as this can trap moisture, harm the flooring or fade the finish.
• Sweep or vacuum regularly, since built-up dirt, grit and sand can damage the surface of the wood. If using a vacuum, use a soft brush attachment -NOT A BEATER BAR ATTACHMENT. Be certain the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not damage the finish. When using a broom be certain that bristles are soft. You can also use a dry mop.
• Because of the myriad of cleaning products available and methods of each application, Lumber Liquidators cannot endorse or oversee the use of any Brand Name of floor cleaner. We do recommend cleaning products safe for urethane finishes such as our Bellawood floor cleaner.
• The use of a changeable terry cloth type system to clean the floor is highly recommended; apply cleaning solution to the terry cloth not the floor.
• NEVER use oil soaps, liquid, or paste wax products or other household cleaners that contain lemon oil, Tung oil, silicone, or ammonia on pre-finished flooring. The use of these products will harm the long-term performance and appearance of your floor and may affect future re-coating. (Damages caused by non-recommended cleaning products are not covered by warranties). NOTE: This also includes the use of vinegar and water solutions as water can damage wood. Vinegar is an acidic element that can have an oxidizing, caustic effect on the finish.
• In an effort to clean hardwood floors, many have experimented with a variety of cleaners on the market and end up with a new problem. “How to remove the build-up of cleaning products revealing the original surface"? If this is the case with you, we recommend consulting with a professional cleaner local to your area because they can best see the details involved and make the most accurate recommendations. If you choose to remove the layers of build-up yourself, use cotton rags instead of a mop to control the amount of liquid used.
• NEVER wet-mop, damp-mop, swab or flood your floor with water or any other product. Moisture can seep into the seams causing edge-cupping damage. Urethane floors do not require wet mopping. Natural floors are water resistant, not water proof. Remove all spills promptly using a soft, slightly damp cloth
• STEAM CLEANERS OR WET-JET swiffer; Lumber Liquidators does not recommend "Water brooms" "Wet-Jet Swiffers or steamer type cleaners on laminates, corks or hardwood floors. Although steamers may work well cleaning OTHER types of hard surface flooring, the 130° to 240° heated steam vapor can ruin wood or urethane finish resulting in warped or cupped flooring. Water and wood do not mix well, especially steam. Use these products at your own risk.
• Do place protective mats at entry doors to keep dirt, grit, sand and moisture from being track in from the outside.
• Do use area rugs in heavily traveled areas and pivot points (e.g., stair landings, room entries, etc.), especially if you have a large family or indoor pets.
• When using area rugs, use a rug pad with a felt, plant or PVC based backing. DO NOT use area rugs with a petroleum based rubber backing (typically black) as this can cause permanent chemical staining/etching of the floor finish.
• Take reasonable precautions; use a dolly and protective sheets of plywood when moving heavy objects such as furniture and appliances.
• Place protective pads beneath furniture legs and feet to reduce scratches and dents. Check and replace wore pads regularly.
• Keep pet’s nails trimmed, and paws clean and free of dirt, gravel, grease, oil, and stains.
• Scratches, dents and cupping are site related, not considered a manufactured defect.

Thank you for your inquiry

Answered on 5/1/2014 by cc-3

Q: Is this a laminate? Is this good for the heat of the southwest on a concrete floor?
Asked on 2/24/2014 by mary from pahrump, NV

A: Bamboo flooring is very much like hardwood flooring and performs well in climate controlled rooms with temperatures of 60°-80° F and indoor humidity levels of 30% - 50%. For complete details please see Page 3, "Acclimation, conditioning of the flooring" here - http://www.lumberliquidators.com/assets/images/installation/morning_star_2.pdf

Answered on 2/26/2014 by Tech & Install

Q: Can i put this in a bathroom?
Asked on 2/5/2014 by John from Castalia NC

A: Yes, bamboo is acceptable for installation in a powder room. It is recommend to put a throw rug by the sink because an excess water can damage wood. You will need to wipe up any water that sit on the floor as soon as possible. However a full bathroom that is showered in everyday may not be the best location for bamboo. Often there is too much water on the floor or humidity that can be absorbed into the flooring resulting in board edge cupping. Resilient and Tile floors are a better choice for these areas.

Answered on 2/6/2014 by cc-3

Q: are the bamboo floors made for radiant heat?
Asked on 1/2/2014 by lulu from breezy point new york

A: We do not recommend Bamboo floors over radiant heat. Thank you for your inquiry

Answered on 1/3/2014 by cc-3

Q: can this type of flooring be sanded and refinished?
Asked on 9/22/2013 by Woody

A: To restore the original shine of a bamboo floor a screen and re-coat may be needed or a complete refinishing. A professional sand and finish expert would have to make the determination on site on which sanding process will be needed or which can be done to restore the floors shine.
Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 9/23/2013 by cc-3

Q: Can I screw this down instead of nail it down. I know the process is longer but it seems like it would be down better.
Asked on 4/14/2013 by josh

A: Strand Bamboo needs to fastened with 18 gauge cleat nails. Screws should not be utilized for nail down flooring installation.

Answered on 4/21/2013 by Tech & Install

Q: What is the best way to clean this floor?
Asked on 4/13/2013 by LBF

A: For general cleaning a swiffer type system works best. Not one that sprays the floor however. Lightly damp is fine but never soak or flood mop your floor. Do not use steam mops. Have a no shoes policy as much as possible. Use felt pads on all furniture. Sweep often.

Bellawood Cleaner works well, find here - http://www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/s/flooring-molding-tools-accessories/floor-care-products

In addition, Bona Kemi makes a decent hardwood flooring cleaner.

Do not use oil-type cleaner of any kind.

Answered on 4/21/2013 by Tech & Install

Q: Can I install 5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo by Morning Star in my below grade basement? I have read because it is a solid bamboo it should not be used but have seen on other sites that all bamboo's are ok for basements.
Asked on 3/5/2013 by James from Ontario, Canada

A: Unfortunately not.

You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for writing in.

Answered on 3/11/2013 by cc-2

Q: I have floor heating, under concrete, can I glue this on top of the concrete? Would it warp the wood?
Asked on 2/21/2013 by quickquestionE

A: Unfortunately this product is not recommended for this application.
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for writing in.

Answered on 3/4/2013 by cc-2

Q: I would like to use Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo in a bathroom/spa, but for wall accenting (for 'warmth' of wood) and not on the floor. The room will be humid, and the product glued to the 'green' drywall board. I'm somewhat concerned about the expansion spacing as it would be nice to butt up against the tile floor. Does the product come pre-finished or will I do so with a polyurethane? Would this product be a practical application as planned?
Asked on 2/10/2013 by Dave from Idaho

A: Bamboo is acceptable for installation in a bathroom, but an excess of moisture can damage the flooring.  For a bathroom that is showered in everyday, especially by children, there is often just too much of a variance in the temperature and humidity for solid wood or bamboo floors. Good ventilation is a must and will need to be regulated. Expansion may be a problem as well as adhering to Greenboard. This being an experimental installation it is difficult to guaranty success. This flooring is pre-finished with water-based urethane. If you are using it in small areas or short spans, expansion may not be a problem.

See - http://www.barefootfloor.com/bathroom-hardwood-y157.html

Answered on 2/12/2013 by Tech & Install

Q: What lengths does this flooring come in?
Asked on 2/2/2013 by Bob from Dallas, Tx

A: 37-3/4"

Answered on 2/4/2013 by Tech & Install

Q: do I need padding with this floor
Asked on 1/31/2013 by phil from Falmouth, MA

A: No padding required.
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for writing in.

Answered on 2/5/2013 by cc-2

Q: I live at 9000 feet in Colorado. Very low humidity, cold temps, burn a woodstove 7 months of the year. I have a dog and active lifestyle---not the take-off-your-shoes kinda guy. I've narrowed it down to Schon Strand Eucalyptus Engineered, Morningstar Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo, Schon Natural Acacia Engineered, or Dreamhome St. James Golden Acacia Laminate. Which of these would be best taking my situation into consideration?
Asked on 1/24/2013 by anonymous

A: This product question would be better answered by our Sales Department, they are more familiar with all of our flooring products and can better assist you with your questions.
Please call our Sales Dept. @ (800) 476-0007 for pricing and availability. Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 1/28/2013 by cc-2

Q: We have two mini pins/jack russell dogs and we need to know what kind of lumber (solid hard wood, engineered hardwood, bamboo & cork, laminate & vinyl)that would be good for us.

Paulette
Asked on 1/19/2013 by we remodeling our home (kitchen,& floors from St. Louis, MO

A: I have a Bellawood floor that holds up extremely well to our Hound Mix, Pit-Boxer, and another young mutt and a cat. Not to mention nieces, nephews, and work shoes. Excellent finish. It's not scratch free but no wood floor could be with these dogs. Harder floors like hickory (41% harder than Red Oak) or exotic floors will dent less easily. 3/4" hardwood can also be refinished several times. Light colors will hide potential scratches. Remember nothing is scratch proof but some do better than others.

Our higher warranty Laminate flooring holds up very well to dog nails and wear but cannot be refinished. Advantage is it's less expensive both for product and labor. Higher Warranty the better.

Our Schon engineered flooring has 7 coats of Treffert or Klumpp (made in Germany) highly resistant polyurethane finish with aluminum oxide anti-scratch and a 55% gloss. Being a natural material it may dent easier than laminate but it's real wood. Engineered can be refinished carefully once or twice.

For Bamboo our Morning Star brand has a similar finish that Schon and Bellawood has and offers the hardest type of bamboo floor produced, "Strand Bamboo". It can be refinished too but only by professionals with bamboo experience as it's a grass product and more difficult than hardwood. Stranded would be my only choice if going with bamboo.

Resilient Vinyl flooring is a very tough floor and the most resistant against damp areas. 

Regardless of the floor you choose, keeping nails trimmed is a good idea. Another idea is to cover nails with vinyl claw covers.

Proper care always helps. For general cleaning a swiffer type system works best. Not one that sprays the floor however. Lightly damp is fine but never soak or flood mop your floor. Have a no shoes policy as much as possible. Use felt pads on all furniture. Sweep often. Urine, when cleaned up quick isn't an issue but if left to dry it can burn finish.

Bellawood Cleaner works very well, find it here - http://www.lumberliquidators.com/catalog/section.jsp?categoryId=19

Answered on 1/21/2013 by Tech & Install

Q: Is this flooring stable enough to hold a 90 gallon aquarium. If not what type of flooring is recommended to withstand the weight of a large fish tank
Asked on 1/13/2013 by anonymous

A: Absolutely yes. As with any furniture, especially heavy, use felt floor protection. Larger the protecting felt pads the better. Caster Cups are another good option. Keep drips or spills toweled up.

Answered on 1/15/2013 by Tech & Install

Q: What is the best way to treat scratches in the finish of this product once it is already installed?
Asked on 1/7/2013 by anonymous

A: All natural wood products can scratch or dent. A good finish can help but even a premium finish like this may. While our finishes are some of the best in the business they will scratch as will any. If all precautions are taken ie, "Have a no shoes policy as much as possible. Use felt pads on all furniture. Sweep often." then there isn't a problem, however when you factor in pets, shoes with debris in treads, etc., no finish will completely withstand certain stresses.

If your floor becomes scratched or dull, repairs can often be made using ColorFill Floor Repair Putty.

Other Options; Our "Scratch Away" works well (SKU 10021566), or Bona Kemi Hardwood Floor Refresher, this may be your best and easiest answer for general wear and tear.

Answered on 1/8/2013 by Tech & Install

Q: Is there a matching stair nose?
Asked on 1/2/2013 by anonymous

A: Yes, SKU# 10020115 is the matching stair nosing for this flooring.

Please call our Sales Dept. @ (800) 476-0007 for pricing and availability. Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 1/3/2013 by cc-2

Q: is this tongue and groove?
Asked on 12/29/2012 by anonymous

A: Yes it is.
Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 12/31/2012 by cc-2

Q: Is plywood underlayment necessary or can I nail/glue directly to 5/8" CDX subfloor?
Asked on 11/25/2012 by Steve-o

A: You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for your question.

Answered on 12/6/2012 by cc-2

Q: Instructions say you need 1/2" expansion - is this on the ends of the run? On the sides? Split and put 1/4" at each end? Thanks.
Asked on 11/21/2012 by VJ from Kansas

A: The Expansion gap is normally the same as the thickness of the new flooring. In your case a 5/8" expansion space must be left around the perimeter of the room and at all vertical obstructions.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Answered on 11/29/2012 by cc-2

Q: is this made in the US?
Asked on 11/11/2012 by jenn

A: Chinese Bamboo and Manufacturer

Answered on 11/24/2012 by Tech & Install

Q: I would like to know if this will work in a mudroom that will have some water tracked over it and will not be heated or air-conditioned. If not, do you have a recommendation?
Asked on 10/31/2012 by Mary from Fort Calhoun, NE

A: All of our flooring products are designed and recommended for interior (climate controlled) use only.
Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 11/2/2012 by cc-2

Q: i see pad as an accessory? do you reccomend nailing or gluing do you need underlayment if you nail down?
Asked on 10/25/2012 by likeable larry from steeler town

A: Yes padding is an accessory that has insulating and sound absorbing benefits.
How it is installed is dependant on the substrate and condition of application.
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for writing in.

Answered on 10/26/2012 by cc-2

Q: How do you clean this flooring?
Asked on 10/11/2012 by New Home Owner from Minnesota

A: We can only recommend our Bellawood Floor Cleaner, or cleaners that are safe for water based urethane finishes. Never use any polish, wax, oil soaps or cleaners that add shine to the floor. Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 10/11/2012 by cc-2

Q: I want to install it on top of an existing subfloor (over 16" oc joists) between 2x2 sleepers screwed on perpendicular to the existing joists, also 16" oc. May I install the Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo directly onto the sleepers?
Asked on 10/2/2012 by John

A: No you will need to have a subfloor for this floor to be installed over.
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for writing in.

Answered on 10/3/2012 by cc-2

Q: wHAT SHOE MOULDING WOULD BE THE BEST MATCH FOR THE GOLDEN ZEBRA FLOORING? ALSO, AM INSTALLING THIS PRODUCT IN TE KITCHEN AND NEED T-MOULDING TO TRANSITION FROM RED OAK. wHAT WOULD BE THE BEST T-MOULDING TO TRANSITION BETWEEN RED OAK AND ZEBRA?
Asked on 10/2/2012 by SUE from SOUTH CHESTERFIELD VA

A: Sku# 10020119 is the matching quarter round.
Sku# 10020116 is the matching T-molding.

Answered on 10/3/2012 by cc-2

Q: What kind of underlayment do you suggest, if putting on upper level plywood sub floor? Thanks
Asked on 10/2/2012 by Tammy from Wisconsin

A: For complete Underlayment application information; Please go to our Website @ LumberLiquidators.com and at the bottom of the page click on Flooring 101, enter –
LL Underlayment Guide- , enter, then click on the PDF to open. Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 10/3/2012 by cc-2

Q: Do you put this flooring down parallel to the joists or perpendicular? I will be installing this on an upper level, kitchen and living room with plywood sub floor . Thanks
Asked on 10/2/2012 by Tammy from Wisconsin

A: Perpendicular to the floor joists.
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for writing in.

Answered on 10/3/2012 by cc-2

Q: Can this product be installed directly onto 16" OC sleepers without a subfloor? We are laying radiant tubing over the existing subfloor, between 2x2 (1.5" high) sleepers -- so-called "sandwich" radiant -- perpendicular to (and in one case, diagonal to) the direction of the floor joists. May we do so without adding a new subfloor on top of the sleepers?
Asked on 9/29/2012 by John from Accokeek, MD

A: This and all wood flooring require a subfloor underneath for proper support.
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for writing in.

Answered on 10/3/2012 by cc-2

Q: How will this flooring do in a bathroom?
Asked on 9/28/2012 by none

A: Due to the excessive moisture present in a full bath we cannot recommend any of our solid natural flooring or laminate products for this application, I would suggest one of our vinyl Tranquility products. We have a 2mm peel and stick and now a 4mm click together product that can go in full bath areas or where moisture is a concern. Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 10/1/2012 by cc-2

Q: What type of under layment should be used? vapor, felt or a padding/vapor barrier?
Asked on 9/23/2012 by ron from rock hill sc

A: For complete Underlayment application information; Please go to our Website @ LumberLiquidators.com and at the bottom of the page click on Flooring 101, enter –
LL Underlayment Guide- , enter, then click on the PDF to open. Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 9/26/2012 by cc-2

Q: How does the Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo stand up to women's high heeled shoes?

Good choice for a kitchen with lots of spills?
Asked on 8/28/2012 by Annie

A: This is a good choice for a kitchen and is water resistant, however you will not find any hardwood flooring that is a good match for heels. A woman wearing high heels on a hardwood floor will put more pressure on that wood per square inch than the weight of an elephant just where the heel meets the hardwood, you should ask that all heels be removed honestly

Answered on 9/7/2012 by Patricia

Q: We want to put bamboo flooring in our bedroom, and we have three small dogs, less then 14 pounds each. We're on a concrete slab as well. Would you recommend the solid bamboo or a floating laminant (click) floor. I love this color and have found a simular one by Morning Star.
Asked on 8/17/2012 by Kim from Panama City Beach, FL

A: A solid glue down bamboo is going to be a better product for you, just make sure that when applying you use the 2 in 1 moisture barrier and adhesive

Answered on 8/23/2012 by Patricia

Q: Are the lengths of all the bamboo flooring one, uniform size, or are there multiple lengths like regular hard wood flooring?
Asked on 8/10/2012 by Jennifir from NJ

A: Bamboo flooring is sold in all the same length boards unless otherwise notes on the description of the flooring, which is not common

Answered on 8/15/2012 by Patricia

Q: I have a question about installing this over a concrete slab, i really like this for my downstairs. however we on a slab downstairs. i don't wanna raise up the floor level by first installing a sub flooring.
Asked on 8/4/2012 by Owen from Albuquerque New Mexico

A: This flooring can be glue installed below grade on concrete ree of contaminates, moisture and sealers. Troweled on Moisture Barrier is required on concrete. Always use the same manufacturer of moisture barrier and adhesive or combo type adhesive moisture barrier. Another option is to install using Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment as your installation system. It's simpler and less messy. Most All product specific installation instructions, specifications, and TIPS can be found in our Flooring & Installation Help section - www.lumberliquidators.com/ll/flooring/Flooring101

Answered on 8/5/2012 by Tech & Install

Q: I have grandchildren that sometimes spill liquids or get food on floor. Does this product clean up well and will a missed drip of water etc. leave a water mark? What is reccomended to clean the floor? I am thinking of having this installed in my dining room, kitchen, living room and three bedrooms, I love the look of the bamboo and from the comments it seems to be a product that will stand up to high traffic.
Asked on 7/12/2012 by Marie

A: This is an excellent choice for your installation, the strand bamboo is one of the hardest and stable materials we retail

Answered on 7/20/2012 by Patricia

Q: Can this be installed over concrete floor?
Asked on 6/2/2012 by DANCY from Aiken SC

A: Yes it can. With proper installation and care this flooring will last for years in this application. You can find complete care and installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf Thank you for your question.

Answered on 6/5/2012 by cc-2

Q: Is this product considered an engineered bamboo?
Asked on 5/29/2012 by wondering from Huntsville Al.

A: No this material is a solid bamboo material

Answered on 6/4/2012 by Patricia

Q: Should I use T-cleats or L style cleats to install?
Asked on 5/26/2012 by anonymous from B'ham, Al

A: The style of the head really makes no difference but the size of the cleat is what counts.
An 18 gage cleat nailer is recommended for this product.
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for your question.

Answered on 6/1/2012 by cc-2

Q: Will this fade if used in a sun room
Asked on 5/7/2012 by anonymous

A: This material should not fade, while all product may go through the Patina effect of changing color ever so slightly that would happen to the entire floor but this should not fade in spots based on sunlight

Answered on 5/11/2012 by Patricia

Q: Hi, does this floor get darker with age?
Asked on 4/30/2012 by DJ

A: This flooring is actually stained so if there is a color variation over time it is not likely you will notice it

Answered on 5/3/2012 by Patricia

Q: How much does a box of Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo weight?
Asked on 4/19/2012 by anonymous

A: Each box of this material will weigh in at 59.88 pounds.

Answered on 4/23/2012 by Patricia

Q: I was planning on using teak in my bathroom, but I really like the Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo. I am; however, concerned about using it in a "wet" area. Please let me know if this product is recommended for a bathroom or if I would be better off with teak.
Asked on 4/17/2012 by anonymous from Saint Amant, LA

A: This material is just as hard and if not a little harder than teak, strand bamboo is a very durable and strong material

Answered on 4/19/2012 by Patricia

Q: We are installing the 5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo by Morning Star ourselves. What is the best nail gun/PSI for this installation? I have heard it is so sturdy it is hard to nail and maybe glue is a better option. I would love to hear about other DIYer's experiences.
Asked on 4/16/2012 by anonymous

A: Use the suggested Powernail 50P with 18 gauge cleat nails.
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for your question.

Answered on 5/1/2012 by cc-2

Q: Is it normal to expect some dimples in the surface and blemishes in the finish even with proper nail down installation?
Asked on 4/2/2012 by anonymous

A: Dimpling occurs when from the fastener position during installation. The nailer you use should have either shims or pads included in the kit which when installed will give the nail/staple a slight angle in either the front or back. If installed in the back this will give you an angle that will shoot the staple slightly behind the tongue. This avoids splitting and breaking of the tongue. When installed in the front it will shoot more directly in the tongue to avoid dimpling. The pads sometimes are just simply to raise the entire length of the nailer up to back up the depth of the staple itself. This will sometimes resolve the issue but it also can not give you enough strength to go through the tongue. Its sometimes simply a process of elimination. Installers will usually take a board in the middle of the floor prior to starting the installation to see how they will need to set up before actually laying out the first of the flooring.

Answered on 4/3/2012 by Tech & Install

Q: We are considering the carbonized strand bamboo and the golden zebra strand bamboo, and would like to know if there is any significant differences in the two. Is one harder than the other? Does one wear better than the other? Can they both be used in the same applications?

I notice that they are sized differently (5/8 vs. 9/16), but other than that, what are the real differences?
Asked on 3/20/2012 by Bill from Redmond, Wa.

A: I would be glad to help you with this question.
Please call me directly, Mark at 1-800-366-4204 Ext # 4857
My hours are Mon - Fri, 10 AM – 6:45 PM EST
Thank you for writing in.

Answered on 3/23/2012 by customer care 2

Q: shopping for flooring what is the lowest price I can get on this?
Asked on 3/13/2012 by anonymous from kinston NC

A: Our Low Price $3.99/sq. ft.
Over 1000 s.f. $3.89/sq. ft.

Answered on 3/16/2012 by Tech & Install

Q: I was thinking of putting bamboo flooring in my kitchen and hallway that is in front of the bedrooms and living room. Those rooms all have hardwood flooring and it is great with our animals. Is bamboo flooring durable enough for a kitchen and a home that has animals? Would it also work in a bathroom?
Asked on 3/9/2012 by anonymous from Anderson, Indiana

A: Yes it can. With proper installation and care this flooring will last for years in this application. You can find complete care and installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf Thank you for your question.

Answered on 3/16/2012 by customer care2

Q: Do you offer stair nosing in this product/brand?
Asked on 3/4/2012 by anonymous from Hendersonville, NC

A: This product question would be better answered by our Sales Department, they are more familiar with all of our flooring products and can better assist you with your questions.
Please call our Sales Dept. @ (800) 476-0007 for pricing and availability. Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 3/7/2012 by customer care 2

Q: Can I lay this (5/8 by 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo) over a concrete radiant heat slab? Glue down?
Asked on 3/3/2012 by anonymous

A: Yes it can. With proper installation and care this flooring will last for years in this application. You can find complete care and installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf Thank you for your question.

Answered on 3/9/2012 by customer care 2

Q: Can this product (Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo be laid on cement slab floors?
Asked on 3/3/2012 by sue from fletcher, nc

A: Yes it can. With proper installation and care this flooring will last for years in this application. You can find complete care and installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf Thank you for your question.

Answered on 3/9/2012 by customer care 2

Q: What length are the peices?
Asked on 2/28/2012 by anonymous

A: All of the boards are the same length at 37 3/4"L x 3 3/4"W x 5/8"H.
Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 3/1/2012 by customer care 2

Q: can the zebra strand bamboo be used in a kitchen?
Asked on 2/20/2012 by anonymous from Michigan

A: Yes it can. With proper installation and care this flooring will last for years in this application. You can find complete care and installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf Thank you for your question.

Answered on 3/14/2012 by customer care 2

Q: Many people have complained of this flooring smelling very badly of chemicals up to months after it has been installed. Can you please tell me the formaldehyde emission levels from this flooring?
Asked on 2/12/2012 by anonymous

A: The adhesive that is used in bonding our Bamboo, Cork, Engineered, and Laminate flooring products contain very low amounts of Urea Formaldehyde. We feel that our products are very safe and most meet California CARB Phase I or California Phase II regulations, which is listed on the boxes. We also list MSDS sheets for most of these products on the Lumber Liquidators website “Flooring 101”.

Answered on 3/12/2012 by customer care 2

Q: can this be installed in a kitchen over existing glued down sheet vinyl?
Asked on 2/8/2012 by anonymous

A: Gluedown installation is possible, however you need to consider that the flooring to vinyl bond can only be as strong as the vinyl to subfloor bond. Refer to adhesive information, type "adhesive" here - www.lumberliquidators.com/custserv/aboutus.jsp?pageName=Flooring101

Answered on 2/9/2012 by Tech & Install

Q: How will this bamboo floor perform in dry-extreme dry climates like Colorado? Is the floor warranteed?
Asked on 1/27/2012 by Rebecca from Del Norte, CO

A: Being a natural product it will be subject to the effects of temperature and humidity. If proper heat and humidity levels are not maintained your flooring may shift, shrink, expand, gap or buckle.
Where do I find installation instructions / product warranty information?
Lumber Liquidators posts installation instructions on our website through the Customer Care and Flooring 101 web pages for easy installation, including helpful hints.
Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 3/8/2012 by customer care 2

Q: Will this wood or any other wood will stand up in the bathroom with all of the steam and water that might get on the floor
Asked on 1/20/2012 by anonymous

A: Due to the excessive moisture present in a full bath we cannot recommend any of our natural flooring or laminate products for this application, I would suggest one of our vinyl Tranquility products. We have a 2mm peel and stick and now a 4mm click together product that can go in full bath areas or where moisture is a concern. Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 1/24/2012 by customer care 2

Q: what floor care, maintenance is recommended ?what source of cleaning
Asked on 1/16/2012 by anonymous

A: How do I care for my floor / which cleaning products are best?
Proper floor care precautions are provided on the product installation instructions and on our website under Flooring 101 by typing in "Floor Care Instructions".

We can only recommend our Bellawood Floor Cleaner, or cleaners that are safe for water based urethane finishes. Never use any polish, wax, oil soaps or cleaners that add shine to the floor. Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 1/20/2012 by customer care 2

Q: How difficult is this flooring to install? Also, would this need to be nailed or glued?

What recommendations would you make for installing over existing hardwood floors?
Asked on 1/16/2012 by The Teacher from Taylor Mill, KY

A: I would be glad to help you with this question.
Please call me directly, Mark at 1-800-366-4204 Ext # 4857
My hours are Mon - Fri, 10 AM – 6:45 PM EST
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 1/19/2012 by customer care 2

Q: How does high humidity works with this product? or is it best to use engineered wood in high humidity weather
Asked on 12/27/2011 by anonymous from Bermuda

A: All wood products are affected by environmental conditions, especially prefinished materials.
To control wood movement- expansion or shrinkage- it is recommended to acclimate the new flooring in the areas to be installed, not in (garages, U-Haul trailers, sheds, or tents) to normal lived-in conditions while in the boxes. If the products are protected in plastic then open the ends of the boxes. Length of time is not the determining factor. The goal of acclimation is for the core of the product to reach an equilibrium or moisture balance of the new flooring with its surroundings before installation or fastening. This balance could be achieved in as little as 1 to 5 days, or longer for some dense or oily exotic species.
Avoid shocking the floor.
Just like you, wood actually performs best with consistent indoor temperatures of 60°-80° F and indoor humidity levels of 30% - 50%. Very dry or humid regions of the country usually require extended conditioning. Maintaining the recommended acclimation levels even after the installation should be viewed as ongoing floor care. Your doing so will help to minimize board movement, excessive squeaks, finish cracking and gaps.
Hygrometers sold in most Target and Wal-Mart stores ($10-$45) can be used to easily identify the need to regulate the humidity or air moisture.
In addition, to prevent board warping or bowing, do not cut the plastic support bindings on the outside of the packaging until ready to install. Store products flat, in a dry place. Provide air flow under and around cartons. Do not store directly on bare concrete or next to outside walls. Cartons should be placed as close to the center of the installation area as possible.
Proper jobsite conditions, acclimation and moisture testing of the subfloor along with the new flooring all works together for the success of the installation and is the responsibility of those overseeing the project.

Answered on 1/7/2012 by customer care 2

Q: Can I lay this Bamboo strand product over electric radiant heat?
Asked on 12/18/2011 by anonymous from Indian Trail, NC

A: Yes you can.
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for your question.

Answered on 12/21/2011 by customer care 2

Q: Can golden zebra strand be used in the bathroom?
Asked on 12/18/2011 by Big Mac from Salisbury, nc

A: Due to the excessive moisture present in a full bath we cannot recommend any of our natural flooring or laminate products for this application, I would suggest one of our vinyl Tranquility products. We have a 2mm peel and stick and now a 4mm click together product that can go in full bath areas or where moisture is a concern. Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 12/21/2011 by customer care 2

Q: how far of a distance is between the cleat nails? also whats the distance from end of board to the first nail?
Asked on 12/15/2011 by anonymous

A: Nailing schedule recommendations; Place fasteners every 10”-12” intervals and within 3”-4” of board ends, with at least two fasteners in every board.
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for your question.

Answered on 12/16/2011 by customer care 2

Q: Do you carry a nose trim for use on stair treads?
Asked on 12/15/2011 by anonymous from Fort Worth, TX

A: Yes, the matching stairnose for this product is; SKU #10020115.

Thank you for your question.

Answered on 12/16/2011 by customer care 2

Q: i have a cat and would like to get a dog. would this be a good floor. I want this floor foor for my living and dining room. Is this floor easy to take care of. What products do I use to clean it.
Asked on 12/14/2011 by anonymous from woodstock il.

A: Despite today's advanced technology, water spills, dirt and other abrasive substances can damage a wood floor's finish. Location, traffic patterns, how often the floor is vacuumed and cleaned, children and/or pets are all factors that influence wear and durability.
Where do I find installation instructions / product warranty information?
Lumber Liquidators posts installation instructions on our website through the Customer Care and Flooring 101 web pages for easy installation, including helpful hints.
Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 12/16/2011 by customer care 2

Q: I want to install bamboo flooring in my basement on concrete floors. I was hoping to avoid glue. Can I lay down a poly vapor barrier and install this flooring with nails as a floating floor? Also we have a pool. There will be times wet feet cross this floor. How does this compare to the other engineered hardwoods?
Asked on 11/15/2011 by basement boy from KY

A: You could use our Elastilon underlayment and "float" this solid bamboo product.
What you should know about Elastilon Strong
An Elastilon-backed wood floor is much faster to install than traditional nail or glue-down methods.
Elastilon Strong can be installed on new concrete floors, handling up to 3.9% moisture content. A vapour barrier of at least 6 mil PE should be used below grade and on newly poured concrete above grade where the moisture content is above 3.9%.
Laid down with a 5/8” (15 mm) expansion gap, Elastilon Strong creates a dynamic, floating floor that expands or contracts naturally with the hardwood.
Elastilon Strong has no odor and is free of volatile materials.
Elastilon Strong gives cushioned comfort.
1/8” (3 mm) thick Elastilon Strong has ratings of IIC 62 and STC 54.
Thermal resistance: R _ 0,15 (m K) / W
Elastilon Strong carries a 70-year limited warranty.
Where do I find installation instructions / product warranty information?
Lumber Liquidators posts installation instructions on our website through the Customer Care and Flooring 101 web pages for easy installation, including helpful hints.

Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 11/17/2011 by customer care 2

Q: Is there a maximum run length when using Elastilon. I know you are "floating" the floor by using Elastilon, but it actually "glues" the flooring to underlayment. Where your normal "floating" floor is just laying on top of the underlayment.
Asked on 11/2/2011 by CD1 from Mississippi

A: Yes there is a maximum in width (across the boards) of 33 lin ft. There are no limits for the length of boards.
You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
Thank you for your question.

Answered on 11/3/2011 by customer care 2

Q: I wish to use one bamboo for the floor area (SKU: 10000558) and another contrasting bamboo (like SKU: 10015285), to create borders. One is strand and the other is horizontal, carbonized. I would run all pieces the same direction but expect to cut T&G so they interlock. What say you?
Thanks. pls reply by email
Asked on 11/1/2011 by ronkahn from lafayette nj

A: I would be glad to help you with this question.
Please call me directly, Mark at 1-800-366-4204 Ext # 4857
My hours are Mon - Fri, 10 AM – 6:45 PM EST
Thank you for your inquiry.

Answered on 11/4/2011 by customer care 2

Q: What can we use as a slip-tongue/spline for this flooring?
Asked on 10/4/2011 by anonymous

A: I would recommend making it by ripping down some of the bamboo flooring to the appropriate size to accommidate reversing direction groove to groove.
thanks for writing in.

Answered on 10/5/2011 by customer care 2

Q: Can this flooring be sanded and refinished in the future?
Asked on 9/1/2011 by anonymous

A: Bamboo flooring can be fully re-sanded and finished as any other species.
Typically floor sanding involves using a special (drum) floor sander, edger, and a buffer/ polisher with a disc attachment for holding sand paper and buffing pads. The sanding procedure starts with a course to medium grit sand paper. After sanding the entire floor, repeat with a medium grit and complete sanding with a fine grit sand paper. This produces a fine surface and is ready for finishing. Be aware that because bamoo is a grass it tends to get “fuzzy”, the surface burns or heats-up faster than wood during sanding. Approach the sanding at a slight angle to the grain direction then graduating down to fine course. The method is similar to sanding soft yellow Pine.

Note that in most cases a full sanding is usually not required, just a “buff & re-coat” or “screening & re-coating” may be all that needed to re-freshen a floor. This method of light sanding employs an industrial type orbital buffer fitted with a nylon pad and screen that removes surface scratches, cleans, and prepares the floor for new top finishes. Using this procedure really depends how the floor was used or abused. In general, high traffic areas; kitchen-dinette would need to be re-coated sooner than a bedroom or formal dining room. If your floors have been treated with any “non-hardwood friendly products” such as; waxes, oils, heavy wear patterns or has lots of dents, then it would need to be fully refinished.
The techniques of sanding and finishing bamboo do require higher skills and best left to professionals.

Answered on 9/2/2011 by customer care 2

Q: Hi! We purchased this floor and are looking to install in our living room/dining room which connects to our family room through a hallway. Some of the boards, the ones along the hallway, will be running the lenght of a 42 feet long area. Is it true that there's a maximum lenght that boards can be run? That I shouldn't install on a room longer than 23 feet?

Thanks for the advice.
Asked on 8/29/2011 by Monica from 92630

A: That limitation is for floating floors, this flooring will be nailed or glued down.
So it is not true.

Answered on 8/31/2011 by customer care 2

Q: what chemicals does this floor have in it. And does it off gas.
Asked on 8/4/2011 by anonymous

A: This product uses urea formaldehyde resins with less than 0.1% formaldehyde. This is below the E1 European Emission Standards 0.14 (ppm) and they pass California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations.

Answered on 8/5/2011 by Tech & Install

Q: What is the edge detail on this product? Flat edge? Micro-bevel? I'm looking for a strand bamboo with a flat edge, so there is virtually no groove between planks to collect dirt and grime. Our maple floors have a micro-bevel and using a scratch awl to clean those grooves has gotten old..
Asked on 7/30/2011 by anonymous from Omaha, NE

A: This product does have a micro-bevel as most all prefinished floors do.

Answered on 8/3/2011 by customer care2

Q: Does this product contain formaldehyde/formaldehyde derivatives?
Asked on 7/3/2011 by anonymous

A: For complete MSDS information; Please go to our Website @ LumberLiquidators.com and at the bottom of the page click on Flooring 101, enter Morning Star Bamboo MSDS , enter, then click on the PDF to open.

Answered on 7/25/2011 by customer care 2

Q: I need bull nose for this product. there are 2 conflicting answers above. please clarify and if so provide the sku. thanks!
Asked on 6/25/2011 by yo

A: #10020115 is the SKU for the matching stait nosing.
sorry for the conflicting information

Answered on 7/1/2011 by customer care 2

Q: What kind of underlayment do you recommend between strand bamboo and a wood sub-floor?
Asked on 6/8/2011 by Do-it-yourself's wife from Watertown, WI

A: I recommend 15 lb roofing felt or our new Silicone Vapor Shield when nailing down solid products.

Answered on 6/10/2011 by customer care 2

Q: What is reccomended cleaning products and equipment to use on this floor?
Asked on 5/26/2011 by Tuck from Dickinson, NY

A: For general cleaning a swiffer type system works best. Not one that sprays the floor however. Lightly damp is fine but never soak or flood mop your floor. Do not use steam mops. Have a no shoes policy as much as possible. Use felt pads on all furniture. Sweep often.

Bellawood Cleaner works very well, find it here - http://www.lumberliquidators.com/catalog/section.jsp?categoryId=19

In addition, Bona Kemi makes good and safe hardwood flooring cleaner.

Answered on 6/5/2011 by Tech & Install

Q: Can you use Elastilon instead of glue and nails with this product and essentially float this floor?
Asked on 5/13/2011 by Emily from Marco Island, FL

A: Yes. For more see www.elastilonusa.com and you can search "Elastilon" here - http://www.lumberliquidators.com/custserv/aboutus.jsp?pageName=Flooring101

Answered on 5/17/2011 by Tech & Install

Q: What stair nose would you use to match this wood?
Asked on 5/4/2011 by DIYme from tujunga, ca

A: We do not have matches for this flooring currently.

Answered on 5/9/2011 by Tech & Install

Q: What stair nosing would match this finish?
Asked on 5/2/2011 by anonymous

A: The matching stair nose for this product is; product code- PRBAMSTZSN / SKU# 10020115
Thank you for your question.

Answered on 5/4/2011 by customer care 2

Q: Can this flooring be used on an OSB sub-floor? We live in a new town home community and are stuck with OSB sub-flooring instead of plywood.
Asked on 4/30/2011 by Philly-Rob from Philly-PA

A: Yes you can.
SUBFLOOR PREPARATION
Do not install flooring directly over joist without subflooring.
All structural panels/underlayment must be installed sealed-side down, and provide ¾” perimeter spacing. Square-edged or non tongue and grooved panels used as a subfloor will require a minimum 1/8˝ (3 mm) expansion space between all plywood seams.
Panels must meet minimum CDX grade Exposure 1 and US Voluntary Product Standard PS1-95, PS2-04 or Canadian performance standard CAN/CSA 0325-0-92 for construction sheathing. Check underside of panel for codes. Minimum of 3/8˝panel thickness when used as an underlayment. Joist spacing determines minimum subfloor thickness.
• Joist spacing 16” on center
Plywood: Minimum of (5/8˝) Oriented Strand Board (OSB): Minimum (3/4˝, 23/32”) AdvanTech Minimum (3/4˝, 23/32”)
• Joist spacing 16” up to 19.2” on center
Plywood: Minimum of (3/4˝, 23/32”) Oriented Strand Board (OSB): Minimum of (3/4˝, 23/32”)
• Joist spacing over 19.2”up to maximum 24” on center
Plywood: Minimum of (7/8”) Oriented Strand Board (OSB): Minimum of (1”)

Answered on 5/24/2011 by customer care 2

Q: I HAVE LAMINATE FLOORING DOWN RIGHT NOW. DOES IT HAVE TO BE REMOVED FIRST OR CAN YOU PUT GOLDEN ZEBRA STRAND BAMBOO FLOORING OVER TOP
Asked on 4/29/2011 by VICKI from ONTARIO, CA

A: Good question. Yes your existing floating lamiante flooring will need to be removed before you can install this 5/8" solid Bamboo product.

Answered on 5/20/2011 by customer care 2

Q: Can a shark steam cleaner be used on this flooring?
Asked on 3/24/2011 by anonymous

A: STEAM CLEANERS OR WET-JET swiffer; Lumber Liquidators does not recommend "Water brooms" "Wet-Jet Swiffers or steamer type cleaners on laminates, corks or hardwood floors. Although steamers may work well cleaning OTHER types of hard surface flooring, the 130° to 240° heated steam vapor can ruin wood or urethane finish resulting in warped or cupped flooring. Water and wood do not mix well, especially steam. Use these products at your own risk.

Answered on 3/25/2011 by Tech & Install

Q: I'm installing this product above ground over a basic subfloor, what underlayment if any is recommended?
Asked on 3/19/2011 by Susann from Wyoming

A: 15lb felt or Red Rosin. 15lb felt is a better vapor barrier.

Answered on 3/23/2011 by Tech & Install

Q: Does this product require a special nailer for installation?
Asked on 3/19/2011 by Susann from Wyoming

A: Because Stand bamboo is very hard, 18 gauge cleat nails work best.

Answered on 3/23/2011 by Tech & Install

Q: can this be stapled down?
Asked on 3/17/2011 by anonymous

A: Strand bamboo is very hard and nails best with 18 gauge cleat fasteners and nailers that can be adjusted for 5/8" flooring.

Answered on 3/18/2011 by Tech & Install

Q: How well would this floor hold up against pet accidents, both urinary and vomiting? What suggestions do you have for installing this floor in a home with pets?
Asked on 2/27/2011 by CW from West Palm Beach, FL

A: For Bamboo our Morning Star brand has a similar finish that Schon and Bellawood has and offers the hardest type of bamboo floor produced, "Stranded". Good with pets. The only potential issue I see is lighter flooring hides scratches. It can be refinished but by professionals with bamboo experience as it's a grass product and more difficult than hardwood.

Strand would be my only choice if going with bamboo.

Urine and other, when cleaned up quick isn't an issue but if left to dry it can burn finish.

Answered on 2/28/2011 by Tech & Install

Q: can you use radiant heat under strand zebra flooring.
Asked on 2/22/2011 by rookie installer from texas

A: Yes, provided insatallation instructions are followed.
For complete installation instructions; Please go to our Website @ LumberLiquidators.com and at the bottom of the page click on Flooring 101, enter Morining Star installation instructions, enter, then click on the PDF to open.

Answered on 2/23/2011 by customer care 2

Q: how long are these pieces and do they vary in lenghts
Asked on 1/16/2011 by anonymous from cache ok

A: All of the boards are the same length at 37 3/4"L x 3 3/4"W x 5/8H

Answered on 1/19/2011 by customer care

Q: What should be used to remove the glue from the floor?
Asked on 1/4/2011 by KimGio from Roxbury, NJ

A: Please note this is ONLY a helpful recommendation that is not guaranteed to work (but who knows!!!)

1.) Apply the Ultimate Adhesive Remover on the spotted area, let stand for 10 minutes or so.
2.) Take a Magic Eraser ( This is a foam pad found in the cleaning section in most grocery stores). Use the foam side. Some have a scouring pad on 1-side. Buff the area with the Magic Eraser.
3.) Get a clean white cotton cloth and/or micro-fiber cloth, very lightly dampened with water, wipe off the residue you created.

Answered on 2/3/2011 by customer care 2

Q: Thanks for all the help so far! One more question.

Why should H joints be avoided when installing this floor? Is this whether you nail or glue down?
Asked on 12/30/2010 by KimGio from Roxbury

A: The installation method really doesn't come into play with H joints. The reasons for avoiding them is they don't look very good because you have every other joint lined up all the way across the floor and it also weakens the overall strngth of the floor.

Answered on 1/27/2011 by Customer Care

Q: Is it okay to install this product now on a concrete floor with outside temperature below 30 degrees? I am looking to install this floor on a concrete basement floor. Also, the concrete floor is not 100% level. There are minor dips and uneven areas in the floor even after trying to level with concrete patching compound. Is this okay or will this cause installation problems and will gluing the boards to uneven concrete have a negative effect down the line?
Asked on 12/22/2010 by Gio from Roxbury, NJ

A: Yes, the product can be glued down over the concrete even if the temperature outside is below 30 degrees. The temperature inside should be maintained between 60F and 80F with humidity between 35% and 55% for best results. The concrete should be flat within 3/16" over 10'. The concrete should also be clean and dry. A moisture barrier should be used over concrete below grade. This would be a trowel applied moisture barrier from the same company as the adhesive. You may have to grind down the leveling compound to take the unevenness out of it. You want the floor to be flat to prevent hollow spots. Hollow spots occur when there is lack of adhesive transfer to the back of the planks. Hollow spots can cause deflection and even squeaks.

Answered on 12/24/2010 by Customer Care1

Q: does bamboo shrink when not in right humitity?
Asked on 12/7/2010 by heidi from spokane,wa

A: All flooring even laminate can contract and expand according to environmental change. Bamboo is no exception however it is better than average as far as stability goes. Bamboo products are affected by environmental conditions. Best product performance is achieved when engineered flooring and adhesives are acclimated a minimum of 1-2 days to consistent room temperatures of 60°-80° F and constant indoor humidity levels of 35% - 55%, especially if the installation or delivery is made during times of very dry or wet weather. When proper acclimation levels are maintained before and after installation, boards should neither shrink nor expand in dimension. Board delaminating, excessive squeaks and gapping can result from poor acclimation. Proper acclimation is the responsibility of the purchaser/installer.

Answered on 12/7/2010 by anonymous

Q: Do you have to glue this floor down if putting over concrete or can you just use the tongue and groove?
Asked on 11/20/2010 by Gio from Roxbury, NJ

A: This product will need to be glued down for this application.
For complete installation instructions; Please go to our Website @ LumberLiquidators.com and at the bottom of the page click on Flooring 101, enter Morning Star Bamboo instruction, enter, then click on the PDF to open.

Answered on 11/22/2010 by customer care 2

Q: Is this product tongue and groove?
Asked on 11/5/2010 by anonymous

A: Yes, this product has a traditional tongue and groove and can be glued down or nailed down

Answered on 11/8/2010 by Customer Care

Q: Is this a good product for home office with a rolling chair. Also have 2 small dogs that like to run and play. I work from home so spend a lot of time in the office.
Asked on 10/27/2010 by jlcnaz from Mesa, AZ

A: The Strand bamboo is a very strong and durable floor however I would refer you our sales dept. for the specific answers you are looking for. Their number is (800) 476-0007

Answered on 10/28/2010 by Customer Care

Q: Is this Stranded and Carbonized like the Tiger Stripe?? I'm trying to figure out what is causing the light and dark colors?? Is it done by the stain itself or is this Stranded and Carbonized like the Tiger Stripe??
Asked on 10/25/2010 by Scott from Tampa, Fl

A: Both of these products have a mixture of natural and carbonized strand bamboo that give you the striped affect. The Zebra strand has a stain on it that makes it darker.

Answered on 10/27/2010 by customer care 2

Q: From a maintenance standpoint (repair scratches etc.) what would be the difference between the Stained Zebra and the Tiger Striped? Also since it;s stained can it be sanded down and restained?
Asked on 10/25/2010 by Scott from Tampa, FL

A: From my experience I think darker colors are easier to do a repair on. This product can be refinished by an professional.

Answered on 10/27/2010 by customer care 2

Q: I purchased this at your albuquerque location and need some t-molding for this...I wanted to order some matching t-molding for this, but it doesn't look like it's available.
Asked on 10/16/2010 by no tmold jack from albuquerque, nm

A: The T-molding sku for the Morning Star 5/8" x 3-3/4" Golden Zebra Strand Bamboo is PRBAMSTZTM / 10020116

Answered on 10/21/2010 by Customer Care1

Q: How well would this stand up in the kitchen?
Asked on 9/25/2010 by Lovey from Savannah, GA

A: this is a good chice for a kitchen.

Answered on 9/30/2010 by customer care 2

Q: how can i install this floor?
Asked on 9/10/2010 by anonymous from lodi nj

A: For complete installation instructions; please go to our website and at the bottom of the main page click on Flooring 101, enter search for Morning Star Bamboo instructions, then click on the PDF.

Answered on 9/15/2010 by customer care 2

Q: How do these bamboo floors stand up in a bathroom?
Asked on 7/10/2010 by anonymous from Breckenridge, TX

A: Excess moisture can cause bamboo to swell and buckle so this wouldn't be a good choice for a full bath.

Answered on 8/20/2010 by customer care 2

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