Types of Bamboo Flooring

If you have your heart set on bamboo flooring, you need to be aware that not all bamboo flooring is the same.  Do your homework, and you are sure to hear that phrase a lot.  Often it means that some companies produce better quality flooring than others, but there are also different types of bamboo flooring that you need to be aware of.

Solid Bamboo Flooring is, as you may have guessed made up of several solid pieces of bamboo that have been glued together (most likely using formaldehyde).  It is also what most likely comes to mind when you think of bamboo flooring, complete with the characteristic nodes.

Engineered Bamboo Flooring is made of a solid bamboo wear layer glued over a substrate.  This type of bamboo flooring suffers from reliability issues.  Because it is laminated to a cross-ply backing, the top layer of an engineered bamboo floor does not have the ability to shrink when the floor is exposed to dry air.  Even though bamboo fibers are very strong, the bonding material between them is weak, making engineered bamboo floors much more susceptible to cracking.

Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring is the strongest type of bamboo flooring.  However, it loses the traditional look of bamboo, coming closer in appearance to some exotic hardwoods.  The bamboo is shredded then compressed with adhesives to create a solid plank.  While this does create the strongest bamboo flooring, it is also impregnated with glue, which as we’ve already discussed is commonly toxic.  As long as you are throwing out the traditional look of bamboo, you may be better off choosing a hardwood, which can be more eco-friendly, more durable, and healthier for you.

Comments

Diana

April 24, 2012

and the strand bamboo flooring still scratches!

    Glenn

    October 4, 2012

    Diana

    I used to have the carbonised bamboo and we had a metal sofa which scratched the floor and it made white scratches, so i was considering the woven tigerwood look , does that scratch in the same way

      jcolton

      October 4, 2012

      I’m not sure what you mean by “woven tigerwood”. Tigerwood is a solid exotic hardwood that is installed as solid boards, not woven.

      Ryan

      January 18, 2013

      If this is the stuff that goes for around $2.00 – 2.50 / sq ft stay away from it. It scratches / dents like you wouldn’t believe.

Birgitte Gustavussen Flindt

May 8, 2013

We have a carbonized tap and go bamboo floor in our house in Denmark. It absolutely live its own life both vertically and horisontally. I would like to know if any of you have had problems laying a tap and go bamboo floor ? Have anyone experienced vax or another substance in the tap and go connections, that made the assembly extremely difficult?

    Niu

    April 2, 2014

    Hello,

    I realize you asked this question almost a year ago, but I have just had this problem! It seems like there’s too much wax in the joints that makes it impossible (or extremely difficult) to clik together. The company (Cali Bamboo) told me that it needs to acclimate longer. It’s bee almost 6 weeks and it’s still the same. All the experts tell me that it’s not going to change. 🙁

Jen

November 9, 2013

Hello,
We recently built a house and had Arc bamboo flooring installed. We were assured that the product was durable and would heartily last 3 children. They couldnt be more wrong. I have diligently placed padding under all pieces of furniture but the amount of scratches are unbelievable. No shoes in the house and we have a robotic vacuum to pick up any stray dirt and dust. Additionally, we cannot get a straight answer on how to clean it. Our site manager has told us to use meth spirits. I cant even being to tell you how dull the floors look. They have an unfinished look with what seems a million finger prints all over, even in the unused areas. COMPLETELY dissatisfied and was hoping to get feed back from others who may have had this experience.

    Chris

    July 16, 2014

    We are just about to install strandwoven bamboo floorboards and were looking at noth ARC and Universal Flooring. We though ARC were supposed to be the best.

    How are your floors now?

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