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Bamboo Guide

Bamboo Flooring

Is Bamboo easy to maintain?

Very. Because of the durable finishes offered today, a bamboo floor is very easy to maintain, but like any natural floor, you'll want to avoid excessive moisture. Bamboo requires no refinishing whatsoever, and can be easily cleaned with a swiffer-type mop.

Are Bamboo floors easy to install?

At All Floor Decor, we've isolated the easiest-to-install bamboo floors in the world, but some are easier than others, for sure. And the type of bamboo floor you choose can often be dictated by the type of subfloor you have. Bamboo floors can either be nailed down, glued down, and in some cases, even floated. It depends on the manufacturer specifications, but if you're looking for the most simple way to go, a floating bamboo with a click together, glueless locking system is for you.

What are the benefits of bamboo over hardwood?

Bamboo is 25% harder than red oak, in addition to being considerably more friendly to the environment. Bamboo is a grass, and the fastest growing plant on the planet. Not only does it produce a durable and beautiful floor, but bamboo is a sustainable and renewable resource that's perfect for use as flooring.

What is strand woven bamboo flooring?

Strand woven bamboo flooring is manufactured differently by taking strips of bamboo, coating them with resins, then pressing the strips together using a tremendous amount of heat and pressure. This creates a bamboo flooring that's even harder than traditional bamboo flooring.

What is "carbonized" bamboo flooring?

Bamboo can be stained like regular wood, but many manufacturers choose to carbonize the bamboo to change its color. The bamboo is steamed at an extremely high temperature (boiling). This actually caramelizes the bamboo, and the resulting shade is dependent on how long the process is done. Another result is the bamboo becoming softer (only about 5%), but the finishes offered more than compensate for any change in its hardness.

What type of finish does a bamboo floor have?

Typically, bamboo floors (and most hardwoods) come from the factory with an aluminum oxide finish (diamond being the only thing harder). The quality of the finish and the amount of coats applied to the floor determine its overall durability, warranty, etc.

What's the difference between "vertical" bamboo and "horizontal" bamboo?

This is simply an aesthetic difference and a matter of personal taste. Horizontal shows you the more natural side of bamboo flooring, knuckles, growth rings and all. Vertical is showing you a different side of the bamboo, creating a cleaner look without the natural markings. Other than the look, there's virtually no difference.

Can I install bamboo flooring in my bathroom?

This is not recommended. Bathrooms are exposed too a little too much moisture too regularly, and it would likely cause enough expansion and contraction to be a problem.

Can I install bamboo over concrete?

Yes. Engineered bamboo flooring (see bamboo construction types) can be glued down to concrete, and in some cases, even floated.

What is a floating floor?

A floating floor isn't glued or nailed, but the planks are locked into one another creating one solid piece that literally "floats" on top of a layer of underlayment.ith alternating colors and then glued together in a large block of wood. Once the veneers have been pressed into a large block, they can be re-sliced to create the desired grain pattern, texture and color.

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