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A Comprehensive Guide to Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is a type of grass from the Bamboo plant and is one of the hardest natural material. An excellent alternative to real timber flooring. Bamboo flooring is a unique, eco-friendly, renewable resource.

Bamboo Flooring

  • Highly Renewable resource and sustainable resource.
  • Has a higher specific compressive strength.
  • Available in a variety of styles, colors and finishes.
  • Naturally light in color
  • Sleek contemporary look.
  • Typically, uncarbonized and strand woven bamboo is harder and more durable, while darker bamboo represents a weakened structure.

Pros of Bamboo Flooring

  • Beautiful and aesthetic: various materials and mixes add interest
  • Unique flooring: available in various colours, textures
  • Ecofriendly: sustainable, renewable resource
  • Resistance to insects and moisture
  • Durable, strong and hard-wearing
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Cost-effective and inexpensive

Cons of Bamboo Flooring

  • Lower quality bamboo dents and scratches easily
  • Possible emission of VOC’s depending on the type of manufacture
  • Water damage: excessive moisture likely to warp or mold growth
  • Sensitive to humidity

Types of Bamboo Flooring

Construction Type/Grain Type

HORIZONTAL BAMBOO –Planks are placed next to each other in horizontal direction

VERTICAL BAMBOO – Planks are placed next to each other in vertical direction

STRAND WOVEN BAMBOO – Made using bamboo fibers compressed under heat and pressure combined with adhesive/resin.

Densest form of bamboo flooring.

Aesthetics

Floor Surface Texture

DISTRESSED – Surface has a textured feel, creates a rustic appearance

HAND SCRAPED-Made to look old and worn, hand-scraped texture

SMOOTH – Smooth finish

WIRE BRUSHED – Scraping the surface with a wire brush, gently weathered and rustic look.

MATT LACQUERED – Matt finish protects from wear and tear, natural appearance.

Color

NATURAL/UN-CARBONIZED BAMBOO: More durable than carbonized

CARBONIZED BAMBOO: Carbonization process is used to darken bamboo and thus it weakens the flooring by 30%.

Available in light, medium and dark colors.

Thickness

Varies from 12mm-20mm depending upon the type of construction, installation usage, etc.

Installation Types for Bamboo Flooring

A)Nail Down to a Wooden Subfloor

1. Prepare the wooden subfloor surface to be clean and dry.

2. Leave about 10mm expansion joint all-round the perimeter of the floor

3. Review plank placement for pattern, secure the first row of bamboo by nailing into the groove.

4. Continue for other planks in a similar way as per desired pattern

5.Seal the floor using glue as per supplier’s instructions

Refer supplier’s instructions for nailing methods and tools used

B)Glue Down

1. Prepare the surface wooden or concrete to clean, dry and level

2. Leave about 10mm expansion joint all-round the perimeter of the floor

3. Review plank placement for pattern, secure the first row of bamboo by gluing the planks directly to subfloor

4. Once the first row is straight and secure, similarly complete the next rows in a defined pattern directly to the subfloor

Refer supplier’s instructions for gluing methods and tools used.

C)Floating The Floor-Tongue and Groove

This type of floating is done by using an underlayment

1. Prepare the surface to be clean and dry and lay the underlay

2. Leave about 10mm expansion joint all-round the perimeter of the floor

3.Review plank placement and start to lay your flooring by gluing the tongue and groove joints together

4.Continue for other planks in a similar way as per desired pattern

Refer supplier’s instructions for gluing methods and tools used.

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