Love the light and spacious feel that this natural bamboo floor can bring to your space. This authentic shade is true to the bright bamboo plant with varying calm and cool hues that are perfect for contemporary spaces. Bevelled and urethane for a satin-smooth finish, Natural Strand is sustainable, durable and stylish. Also available in a matching herringbone plank.
These are the questions we get asked most often about our floors and their features.
How can I fit my Oxwich Natural Strand floor?
You can only float this floor – secret nail or glue fitting methods are not suitable.
Is this floor suitable for underfloor heating?
Yes – This floor is suitable for underfloor heating.
What type of joint does this floor have?
This floor has easiloc/click-joints.
What condition should the subfloor be in?
The surface immediately beneath a Woodpecker bamboo floor must be in good structural condition, free from damp rot, fungal or insect infestation, and contaminating residues. It must be flat with uneven areas not exceeding 3mm over a 2m area. Naturally, the surface should be vacuumed and totally free of debris before fitting begins. Hot pipes should be well insulated to prevent localised hotspots, which can cause bamboo flooring to warp or shrink.
What if I am installing over floor boards?
If installing over floorboards, ensure the voids beneath have a height of 600mm from the ground to the bottom side of the joists. We recommend using a suitable Woodpecker damp proof membrane to protect the floor from moisture. Check that the voids are vented around the perimeter and that these vents are positioned to allow air flow under the entire floor. As a rule of thumb, all venting should equal a minimum of 1.5% of the total m2 of the installation. Keep the vents open throughout the year too.
Do I need expansion gaps with my Oxwich floor?
As bamboo is a natural substance, it will expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. That’s why when a bamboo floor is fitted, expansion gaps need to be left wherever the boards meet a wall, structural support, stairs, breakfast bar, fireplace, central heating pipe…etc. Gaps must also be considered at doorways to allow for the differing expansion between rooms. Place spacers at regular intervals when fitting and then remove them before skirting boards, beading or trims are put in place. Allow a 2mm gap for every metre span of the floor with a minimum of 10-15mm gap regardless. For areas over 5m in width, extra provisions should be made for expansion.
Does bamboo flooring need to acclimatise before being installed?
Yes – We recommend you let your bamboo floor acclimatise for 3 to 5 days before installing. This needs to be in the same room that it will be installed in, and it needs to remain within the sealed packaging. The sealed packaging helps ensure the floor doesn’t warp with the change of temperature from different environments. Do not store the flooring outdoors, in an outbuilding, or anywhere with damp or condensation problems.
How thick is Oxwich flooring?
Oxwich is 12mm thick.
How much should I allow for wastage?
We generally recommend 10% wastage, however, this can be impacted by the room shape, laying style and other factors so always check with your installer first.
How do I clean Oxwich flooring?
You can use our cleaning liquid for lacquered floors to clean Oxwich flooring.
Flooring plays an important role in the overall look of a space as it can define the feel and create “wow” factor. The color and texture of a floor can bring a room to life, and form a natural backdrop.
We generally recommend adding at least 10% on top for wastage, however, the plank type, laying pattern and room shape will have an impact on how much wastage is needed so it’s always best to consult with your installer first. Herringbone and chevron floors will typically need 15%-20% wastage.
Use our simple guide to learn how to get accurate measurements of your room.