i recently looked over a new home that a friend is buying, in bozeman,mt,[dry climate],and as i am a builder and she wanted my assesment. it has solid, pre-finished,bamboo flooring installed in the kitchen/dining area, which is also the main exit to the rear yard and separated garage. the subfloor is 3/4 wafer, over a sealed crawlspace. the flooring has unacceptable gaps - 1/16 to 1/8 on both the sides and the ends. i have no experience with bamboo in particular, so i need some input regarding professional experience to give the buyer in order to approach the builder about it.
does prefinished bamboo flooring shrink? &/or absorb moisture from the air? does it ussually arrive with high moisture and need to acclimate?
will this flooring have buckling/warping problems? is this flooring a potential disaster being in a kitchen/dining area?
what liability does the builder have- now and for how long in the future? [i have never had a liability issue in this area].