In 1975 a previous owner of our home did a remodeling job that included adding a master bedroom off the back side of the house. Because the property slopes down from the front to the rear of the property, this bedroom is about 10 feet above ground. Underneath the bedroom is our carport. Wall-to-wall carpeting was laid throughout the main living area, including the master bedroom. Over the last several years I had taken up the carpeting in the house, everywhere except this master bedroom. Well, after 39 years, the carpet was getting pretty tired. Also, it is a good dust collector. So, we decided to replace it with a new floor. A bit of evaluation showed that installing new flooring would first require ripping out the carpet and padding, then removing the particleboard underneath. This was more work than I wanted to do on my own, so I went to Angie's List and searched for flooring companies with high ratings. Since we wanted to look at samples and go over options, we limited our choices to companies that also had a brick-and-mortar store where we could handle samples and talk about options. We looked at various floor materials, such as laminate, hardwood (e.g., oak), engineered wood, and processed wood such as stranded bamboo, and eucalyptus. We compared nail-down, glue-down, and floating. We did not want glue-down because of the chemical vapors. We settled on a floating floor, and selected stranded bamboo that has been processed to increase its density and hardness. A floating floor can also be laid over a cushioning material, such as cork, which adds insulation (both thermal and acoustic) and provides a softer feel when walked on. Two companies provided quotes for the work. Initially the two quotes were within a few hundred dollars of each other. Quote #1 was for a floating bamboo floor over a fiber underlayment. Quote #2, from R & S Flooring, was for a nail-down bamboo floor with only a moisture barrier underlayment. Since I wanted a floating floor, I leaned toward quote #1 even though it was the higher cost. However, when I reviewed the quotes, I discovered that quote #1 had miscalculated the square footage by about 20% less than actual. When I brought this to the attention of the provider, he agreed that it was wrong, and his quote went up by 20%. That put the dollar value at over $1000 more than quote #2. So, I contacted R & S Flooring and asked them if they would consider the proposition that I would buy all the material (flooring + underlayment) and they would install the flooring. R & S Flooring agreed, and they provided a new quote for the labor. They also gave me an installation date that was way sooner than I expected. Like, I ordered the flooring on the Monday after Black Friday (December 1) and they installed it on December 9. I ordered the bamboo from Cali Bamboo. They have a "standard" click-and-lock and a "wide plank" click-and-lock. The wide plank type is 5/8 inch thick, about 5 inches wide, and 72 inches long per plank. I got the wide plank. It has a 50 year warranty, by the way. The underlayment is Quiet ComfortPLUS, which is 1/8 inch cork with a bonded plastic moisture barrier. The bedroom is 376 square feet, and I bought 400 square feet of the bamboo flooring, plus 4 rolls of the cork underlayment (about 425 sq. ft.) for a total cost of $2291 in materials. I will note here that my total cost of materials plus labor ended up to be only $3900! (Remember quote #1? It was over $5000!) On December 9, the R & S Installer team showed up at 8:15am. Three men plus power saws and other tools. They set to work and in two hours, the carpet and particleboard were out of the bedroom. That amazed me. Then they began laying the new floor. The head guy and I went over the direction that I wanted the planks to go, and he showed me how the cork underlayment plastic layer had a way to overlap the plastic from one strip of underlayment to the next. The installer from R & S told me that I probably should have purchased more and that he might run out due to cutting and fitting. However, these installers were professionals, for sure, because they had enough to do the floor and give me about 5 planks for any repairs that might be needed down the road. After the floor was laid, they added quarter-round molding throughout the bedroom. They also put down two tee-molding pieces for two doorways, which I had neglected to purchase. These were provided at no extra cost, too. The entire floor installation was done by 3:15pm, about 7 hours after they started. Later that day, another crew came and picked up all the carpet and particleboard waste material. During the installation, someone from the R & S Flooring office called me to make sure that everything was going OK. A word about the installer crew. They were very professional. Nobody smoked, which was nice because my wife is allergic to tobacco smoke. Nobody yelled. They asked if it was all right to listen to music (I said it was OK), and the music was not loud when they did play it. They cleaned up after themselves. After the floor was installed, I was able to walk on it immediately, and it totally exceeds my expectations. I would not hesitate to hire R & S Flooring again if I ever need more work done.