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Movement never stops
"I put cali bamboo in my house and it moves from warping to shrinking away from the walls just because of standard seasonal humidity I have turned all my information to the attorney generals office because they just kept ducking the issue.I spent 1,000's on top of the 9,000.00 floor . It needs to come out and I will never buy anything from Cali bamboo."
great floor, great price
"We ordered 800 sq. ft to do my main level. Took it out of the box, and stacked it to acclimate for a week. 40 boxes, only one chipped at corner(don't know if it came like that or my husband did it while stacking). Easy click lock, yes when working with wood WEAR GLOVES! Get the BEST BLADES for your saw, this is so tough it will dullthe strongest blade after 600sq. ft. We installed it and its beautiful. But can't stress enough, it has to be taken out of box and lattice stacked to acclimate."
"We created a deck with their 3g Bamdeck. Our contractor has a lot of experience with composite decking and followed the Cali Bamboo recommended spacing and fasteners. After two years the decking is CRACKING!!! This is on flat boards with no screw holes, and boards with screw fasteners. This decking is falling apart after only two years. Cali Bamboo Support is TERRIBLE!!! They do not respond to emails and have no resolution. What good is a warranty when you cant use it. Delivery was a nightmare. They delivered half the product with a slightly different color/contrast. Because the use a third party storage and shipment facility they do not have control of what is shipped. Had to return half the order and have another order shipped. A year later i was put into collections by UPS saying i did not pay for the second shipment! The entire situation is bad with this company."
Great product and service
"I just decided to write a review now after reading the reviews and caught by surprise by the low rating. We're looking to potentially replace carpet in another home with wood and again looking at Cali Bamboo as an option.Buying local and renewable were important to me so San Diego worked (I'm in Santa Barbara, cold (40-50s F) and moist at night, sunny and dry during the day (70-85F)), unfortunately the wood comes from China, it would be great to have more information on that. That's where the issues ended.When I opened the boxes and stacked them as instructed so they could acclimate, some boards were cracked, I called CaliBamboo and they shipped me replacements. I worked with Josh and Hailey, both were very helpful and pleasant to deal with.I had my contractor put them in on top of the acoustic cork they suggested.The floors have not gapped, or cracked or anything. I read a comment about how the floors scratch. Let me tell you about that. I took a spare piece i wanted to use as a plank to put the address tiles I purchased from Italy on for the home. I sanded the gloss off the wood piece, wiped it, it was STILL glossy, obviously I couldn't use the planks for that purpose, I needed to scrape the wood with a nail hard to get a groove in it.The deck outdoors seemed to get stained, I need to look into that. FOLLOW the instructions and you wont have any problems. "
Christopher D. and CaliBamboo have a great product and service!
"CaliBamboo, specifically Chris D., has provided excellent customer service as I've gone through the process of choosing and purchasing Antique Java Extra-Wide. We love the product, and the service from Chris convinced me to check out CaliBamboo for our decking. I sent them a quote request and received a prompt reply - within hours from Chris. He was able to give in depth information about their product line and is express shipping us samples. I have no doubt we'll choose one of the decking lines. I strongly recommend CaliBamboo. And ask for Chris D.!"
Scratches so easy you'd think a DJ designed it.
"Gorgeous floors for those who never intend to live on them. We paid nearly $8k for this flooring (Eclipse Fossilized Wide Click), not including install. The color is beautiful, and when it's new and clean, it looks like a showroom. But don't you DARE do anything but walk in socks on this "10 coat scratch-resistant layer", because I've never seen a floor scratch so easily. At first, it was our dogs, 2 shih tzus, the heaviest is 16lbs. We saw some minor scratches after they played, so we trimmed their claws further down. This mitigated most of the damage, but numerous faint scratches can still be seen everywhere they travel. Ok, since these are only visible from 2-3 feet away, we decided to live with it. But now every chair you pull back from a table, every time you move ANYTHING that isn't made of feathers , you get a nice noticeable groove. Today, I slid a plastic storage tub a few feet, weighed less than 25lbs, and had never scratched any floor before (the bottom is smooth hard plastic), but now we have a 28" gouge that is still visible despite an hour spent with their scratch removal kit (wax rub, buff, color match marker, buff). I'm a 45 year old contractor's assistant. I've lived on, cleaned, and installed many types of hardwoods over the years, and I have never seen a floor mark up like this in my life. If this was cheap flooring, I'd understand. Or if they didn't claim "pet-friendly" and "high heel safe" (HA), or "the world's hardest floors", maybe this wouldn't be driving me to tears. We are just finishing our dream home, and now we either have to rip up and toss $8k in flooring, or spend the rest of this floors life tip-toeing around in socks and hours every week on your knees scrubbing away at these never-ending scratches. Buyer beware. "
This stuff is junk. After 6 months I am pulling this from my kitchen and dining room and taking it to the dump.
"Installed fairly easily and looked good for a couple months. Then started developing gaps. Pulled up the flooring where this occurred and then a few weeks later a gap showed somewhere else. This stuff moves too much. Don't buy this flooring. I've installed many floors and the movement in these planks is not worth the trouble. I am pulling it this summer and starting over."
Want to make your friends jealous?
"Then purchase cali bamboo flooring!I ordered 850 Sq ft of the eucalyptus click flooring. The customer service representative was very helpful with installation tips and any questions I had. The flooring itself is beautiful my wife and all her friends just love the color and the wood grain patterns. As an avid DIYer I installed the flooring myself and it could not have been easier. The floor clicks together with very little effort and stays clicked. If anybody is looking for a great flooring and great customer service choose cali bamboo."
"I ordered 600 sq feet of Cali Bamboo's Fossilized Click flooring. It was prepped as recommended and professionally installed. Almost immediately gaps - up to an inch large -began to appear in the floor. Cali claimed itnstallation was defective because out house was "too dry;" we installed a humidifier and no change to the gaps. Cali's solution? They offered to give me "a few boxes" of free flooring - hardly helpful My complaint has turned out to be similar to others. I think bamboo wood flooring should not be sold in "click" form in general, and I think Cali Bamboo grossly underestimates the amount of time it takes to acclimate its product. Another homeowner who installed this in my town had the same problem. Not only did Cali Bamboo not replace the floor, but it continues to ignore the huge installation costs I have incurred. Do not buy this product and do not expect help from Cali Bamboo if something goes wrong with your floor."
"We did a lot of research looking at other bamboo flooring, before we decided to go with the Antique fossilized Java - wide plank-click lock flooring. It turned out GREAT!! The durability, look and maintenance was the big seller."
"We purchased Bamdeck wide decking for our lake cabin in the woods in WA from Cali Bamboo. Before purchasing, we researched different products and pricing and asked lots of questions. One concern high on the list was durability, scratch resistance and stain resistance since we rent our cabin as a vacation rental. We were assured that this product was all of the above and would take a lot of use and still look nice. This is not the case at all. The first time it rained on the deck, it was water stained. It is one year later and the deck is stained from all sorts of things, including many water stains. If you don't want to have to treat your outdoor deck like an indoor floor, do not purchase this product. "
"I recently completed an outdoor seating installation on the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus using 600 linear ft of CaliBamboo's BamDeck Solid. I had a great experience working with the CaliBamboo employees as well as the material! The decking and hidden fasteners arrived quickly after the orders were placed and the quality of the product was very impressive. My project called for a rather unconventional use of the decking, which let me take liberty in the shop with its construction. I was surprised to see how easily it cut on the table-saw, chop-saw, and even with hand-saws. As with most any composite decking, dulling of the blades is something to be expected, yet the BamDeck still cut with ease and the blade dulling seemed minimal. The BamDeck Solid has a slight texturing on the surface, but since it isn't a veneer, it can handle light sanding. It is a very dense material, so pre-drilling is a MUST. Even though it is very dense there is still a good amount of flexibility, so be sure to follow the instructions of letting the boards set and acclimate before use as well as follow the 16 inches on center spacing. I originally chose CaliBamboo because of the sustainable composition of their decking and I am very happy with my decision. The material looks great, blends well with the surroundings, and is easy to work with. I had several people come up to me after my project was completed with questions and complements about the material and I was happy to tell them as I am now: CaliBamboo is a great choice and highly recommended! "
"Great people that went out of their way to help. They knew their products and supported me right away and answered all my questions. Vince was my guy. I used the cork planks and they are AWESOME! I will 'Cali Bamboo' again in a heartbeat.Ray A. JamesMD, USA"
"We are just now completing our 1000 sq. ft. second floor, and can't imagine having chosen anything other than Cali Bamboo. We did a lot of research on the different styles, finishes and qualities of bamboo flooring and, based on our needs and preferences, were referred by another flooring company to Cali. We were impressed from the beginning; Jim walked us through the ordering process, and creatively helped us solve some some quirky areas. The transit company that delivered many hundreds of pounds of product found that their truck lift was not working when they arrived, and despite my suggestion to come another day, they "delivered." They unloaded the truck by hand and placed the humongous order neatly on pallets in my garage. And it was about 90 degrees! We purchased the Fossilized, strand weave, tongue and groove bamboo which is absolutely gorgeous and hard as nails. The quality is impeccable, including the 10 layer, low VOC finish which hasn't shown a hint of a scratch from large dog nails and moving furniture; the hallway and master bedroom have been finished for a year. We recently reordered more to finish our office and received the same product, but significantly lighter than the older adjacent area. Drew, from customer service had us take pictures, issued a pickup and sent a had-picked case for a good match. So, yes, you can find bamboo flooring cheaper, but if you want quality service and flooring, go with Cali Bamboo. We're extremely happy and confident with this investment in our home. "
"We just had the Cali Bamboo Java Antique fossilized floors installed in our main room, and we absolutely love it! We just moved from out of state, and purchased a house that needed new flooring in that room especially. It looks amazing. It is worth every single penny I paid. We have two dogs, that in our previous house destroyed our old wood floors - scratches all over - DEEP scratches. These floors the dogs cannot scratch. I tried. I obtained a few samples and got my dogs to play on them and try to scratch; nothing. I took a key to it to try to scratch it - nothing. These floors are amazing, and the no scratch is exactly why I went with them. Everyone who has seen these floors are completely in love with them, can you blame them???Also, it being a green process just makes it an even better product!! Highly recommended!!"