Bamboo flooring is a smart and creative option for home and office flooring. Walking on bamboo floors feels great due to its smooth and polished texture. This flooring is available in many designs, colors, and styles. It gives a wide choice for those who wish their wall and floor patterns to sync well.
There are many types of bamboo flooring like floating, carbonized, engineered, natural, or strand woven. Out of these, the floating and strand woven bamboo flooring are in great demand.
It is advised not to have these installed in bathrooms as water can seep through the edges and get accumulated under the floor, thus causing damage to the shock-absorbing layer in the middle.
The sub-floor can be made up of any normal flooring material like concrete, tiles, or wood. A layer of plastic and foam is placed in between the sub floor and the single unit made out of the planks. Corks made of recycled car tires can also be used as the middle layer, since it acts as a better shock-absorbing material.
Bamboo has the tendency to expand and contract with changes in humidity. The same applies to the bamboo planks which make up the flooring. It has an advantage over the usual bamboo flooring. Since the planks form a single unit and are not attached to the sub-floor, they do not bend out of shape.
Even so, it is advisable to maintain a half or one inch distance from the edges of the walls or cabinets to allow its normal expansion and contraction process.
Every bit and piece of the strand is used in the flooring. It is extremely strong and durable which makes it suitable for installation in heavy activity areas
Bamboo flooring installation is easy and can be done without any professional help. Though it is a little tricky due to the moisture factor, it is manageable. It has a few advantages and disadvantages. In spite of the disadvantages, many people opt for this flooring due to the aesthetic value it adds to the surroundings.