As I’ve discussed in previous posts, there are a few types of bamboo hardwood flooring. In this post I will further simplify its for you regarding the types of bamboo flooring.
Woven Bamboo Flooring
Woven bamboo flooring, also referred to as strand woven bamboo flooring consists of bamboo strips woven together to form planks. They look similar to hardwood planks, but they are glued instead of having a solid wood core. It is similar to hardwood, although it may be harder and more stable than most tropical hardwoods. In some products, the woven bamboo flooring can be sanded and refinished – just like a typical solid wood floor covering.
Engineered Bamboo Flooring
Engineered bamboo floor material, also called bamboo laminate, is similar to what we know as engineered wood. Layers of bamboo are laminated (glued) together with a resin. Typically, the bamboo layer on the top can be sanded. The backing of this product is wood – usually fir or pine, and it can be either nailed, glued or floated. The most commonly used resin for laminating contains formaldehyde. Because of the serious health implications of this toxic gas, look for a product with a formaldehyde free resin – or at the very least, a low VOC adhesive.
Eco -Timber claims their engineered bamboo flooring has incredible stability. Like engineered wood, it is less susceptible to humidity changes.
Solid bamboo flooring does have its advantages even though it is more expensive. It can be nailed to plywood (or a wood sub floor) or glued to concrete. Plus, you will be able to find some products with a formaldehyde free adhesive.
Bamboo Floating Floor
Floating bamboo flooring is also called plank flooring. Bamboo floating require an underlayment of some type such as cork, recycled fibers, or synthetic latex material. It is available in tongue and groove or in glue-less “click” bamboo floor styles. This type is ideal for remodeling, because it can cover imperfections in the subfloor. It is also quite popular among do-it-yourself-ers. Floating bamboo flooring installs two times as quickly as traditional flooring!
Carbonized Bamboo Floor
Carbonized bamboo flooring, sometimes referred to as caramelized, is the process of steaming or kiln-drying stalks prior to processing. This results in a deeper, richer color which is more reminiscent of darker hardwoods. Have you ever caramelized sugar (and butter) to make fudge? Well, bamboo is in the sugar cane family, so the “browning” in the heat takes place in a similar manner. This heat process does change the composition somewhat, though. Many people don’t realize that carbonized bamboo is typically softer – and thus tends to dent more easily. Still, the wide range in color is quite popular.
Numerous options sometimes makes you confused in deciding which the right floor type. You have to understand are the characteristics and model of your home, so you can determine the type right of bamboo hardwood flooring for your home.