Bamboo Engineered Flooring

Bamboo Flooring - 2013

Bamboo Engineered Flooring

Bamboo engineered flooring is a type of flooring made up of bamboo strips. Even though a bamboo floor is categorized as a wood floor, the bamboo is not a tree but a grass. The bamboo plant is mainly grown in China and other parts of Asia though it can be found in other parts of the world . Bamboo as a flooring material has gained a great deal of popularity because it is seen as an environmentally friendly option to other wood flooring materials as well as being just as durable and beautiful as hardwood.

Bamboo engineered flooring is one of the options bamboo flooring comes in. The other option is solid bamboo flooring. The difference between the two options is that bamboo engineered flooring is not entirely made of bamboo like the solid bamboo flooring. Instead, the bamboo is layered with other types of wood at the bottom. The layering is aimed at giving it more durability, dimensional stability and more moisture resistance.

The dimensional stability of the bamboo engineered flooring is determined by the number of plies the bamboo comes in. You can get 3 ply, 5 ply, 8 ply and other types of bamboo floor. The top layer or ply is made up of bamboo and the other layers are made up of thin plies of wood that are glued to each other. Most times the top bamboo layer is at least 4mm thick to allow the floor to be refinished 2 or 3 times before the flooring needs to be re-done.

The different layers of the bamboo engineered flooring are cross laminated. This means that if there are 3 layers, the grain of the top layer will run vertically, the grain of the second layer will run horizontally and the grain of the third layer will like the top layer, run vertically. The aim of this is to give the flooring greater stability.

Bamboo engineered flooring can be installed by three methods. These are nailed down, glued down and floating bamboo flooring. Floating bamboo flooring is a newer style in engineered bamboo flooring and is increasingly replacing the other 2 styles of bamboo installation. This is because floating bamboo flooring is less expensive than the other two types. Floating floors do not require adhesives or nails for installation. Instead, a click system is used for installation.

The click system involves fitting the bamboo strips together on top of the sub floor. This system therefore does not require professional installation and can be done as a do-it-yourself project. This is one of the reasons this is a cheaper method.

Besides being less expensive, bamboo engineered flooring has other benefits. A major benefit is because of the fact that since the bamboo strips are not glued together or nailed down, there is room for them to expand and contract in changing temperatures. This prevents the floor from warping.

Bamboo flooring cost is of course less expensive than hardwoods which is another reason why it has become so popular. We hope this information on bamboo engineered flooring has given you some idea as to exactly what it is and how it is made.