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Bamboo Flooring Guide

We have put together this bamboo flooring guide as we think that bamboo is a great choice of floor covering.  There are various different types, structures and profiles of bamboo flooring, which can start to get confusing.  Hopefully this bamboo flooring guide will help to explain all of the differences so that you can make an informed decision about which bamboo floor to choose.

 

What is bamboo flooring?

First of all, bamboo flooring is as the name suggests; flooring made from bamboo.  Bamboo is a grass, which grows extremely fast, making it more sustainable and eco-friendlier than wood. Over the years bamboo flooring has become more and more popular.  Consequently, there are a lot more styles, colours and types of bamboo flooring for you to choose from.  You will find bamboo flooring to be a great choice because you are getting a natural floor covering with added benefits.

Carbonised solid strand woven bamboo flooring with tongue and groove fitting

Construction types

The three main construction types are horizonal, vertical and strand woven bamboo.  Horizontal and vertical bamboo are made using strip of bamboo glued together either horizontally or vertically.  This then determines the grain pattern of the flooring planks.  Alternatively, there is strand woven bamboo which is made by weaving and compressing the bamboo fibres.  This makes strand woven bamboo extremely durable and strong.  To find out more about how bamboo flooring is made, read the following: How is bamboo flooring made?

Profiles types and fitting

Our bamboo flooring comes with either a tongue and groove fitting profile, or a click fitting system.  Both solid and engineered bamboo can be floated over an underlay or glued directly down to the subfloor.  The only exceptions to this are bamboo parquet block and any bamboo used for commercial use, which will need to be fixed into position (cannot be floated).

Natural strand woven click fitting bamboo flooring

Plank types

You can find bamboo in either a plank style or a parquet block.  Plank style bamboo flooring is the longer length individual planks, which can be found in several different widths.  If you choose engineered bamboo, the planks can be even wider (up to 190mm) as they have more stability.  Parquet block bamboo flooring is smaller blocks of flooring in a uniform size. These therefore allow you to create different geometric patterns with the flooring.  For more information, have a look at:  What is parquet block bamboo flooring?

Chestnut brown parquet block bamboo flooring

Floor finish

All bamboo flooring needs to be pre-finished with protective lacquer before it is installed. We offer bamboo flooring with three different surface finishesMatt lacquered or satin matt lacquered, is where the bamboo has been finished with lacquer with different sheen or matt levels.  Alternatively, we have distressed bamboo flooring. This is where the bamboo has been intentionally distressed before the lacquer has been added.  It gives the surface a textured and authentic appearance.

Stone Grey bamboo flooring with a distressed surface finish

Colours

As bamboo flooring has become more popular, more colours have become available.  The standard colours of bamboo flooring are natural or carbonised.  Natural bamboo is the golden colour of the bamboo and carbonised has been smoked to offer a coffee brown colour.  In addition, there are a range of colours, which means the surface of the bamboo has been stained.  Here is the range of additional colours that we offer:

Range of colours of bamboo flooring

Summary of bamboo flooring guide

Here are the advantages of bamboo flooring:

  • Firstly, strand woven bamboo is extremely durable and hard wearing
  • Bamboo is a sustainable and eco-friendly flooring product
  • It can be found at a fraction of the cost of real wood flooring
  • Also, bamboo is easy to look after and clean
  • Click fitting bamboo flooring is easy to install
  • It is versatile and can be put in almost any room in your home
  • Furthermore, most types of bamboo flooring can be used with underfloor heating
  • You can either float bamboo flooring or fix it to your subfloor
  • In addition, there are many different colours to choose from
  • Finally, we have matching bamboo flooring accessories