A Buyer’s Guide to the Different Types of Bamboo Flooring – Part II

In the previous blog, we’ve discussed the grain types and colours of bamboo flooring. In today’s post, we’ll discuss the different types of textures and installation methods to help you make the right purchase decision.

Texture Types

There are three types of bamboo textures available for flooring purposes. Each has a unique look.

  1. Smooth: Smooth textured bamboo comes with multiple layers of sealant coating. It doesn’t allow surface level dust accumulation, meaning it’s easy to clean and maintain. This type is ideal for homeowners who are allergenic or suffer from hay fever.
  1. Hand Sculpted: This texture makes the bamboo look old and distressed, giving it an “antique” appearance. It’s sculpted manually and so, it costs more.
  1. Hand Scraped: This texture is also achieved manually through scraping by hand and its look is similar to that of the hand sculpted texture. The manual labour makes it an expensive choice. The flat unfinished planks are hand scraped by artisans to achieve an “antique” and rustic look that match with several settings and home decor. Extremely durable, hand scraped bamboo flooring can endure high traffic. They usually come in polyurethane finishes that look beautiful and are also easy to maintain.

Installation Methods

This is the most important factor that you should consider when buying bamboo flooring for your home. Some installation methods come with more complications and can cost you more. There are three main types of installation methods and familiarizing yourself with them will help you avoid installation problems for your project(s).

  1. Nail Down or Glue Down Method: This method is used to install solid, tongue and groove bamboo using the same installation technique as hardwood flooring. Since the solid bamboo flooring is very hard, fastening with nails gets difficult with a regular hammer. It’s a time-consuming method that usually takes twice the time needed for floating installation method and requires an electric hammer or stapler to fasten the nails or staples.

Depending on your subfloor type, the process of nail down or glue down method also differs. It’s best to call in a professional installer to install solid bamboo planks through this process.

  1. Glue-Less Floating Method: This is the simplest method of installing bamboo flooring which won’t require any glue or nails. Engineered bamboo flooring is usually installed through this technique. The planks come with click lock profile which when laid correctly, clicks or snaps together. The planks are usually laid over a thin underlayment made of foam rubber and since the process doesn’t involve gluing down the floor to the subfloor, this method takes less time for completion compared to the other installation methods. If you’re experienced enough, you can install the flooring yourself using this method.
  1. Glue-Down Floating Method: This installation method is ideal when you need to protect your bamboo flooring from the moisture generated from your subflooring (mostly concrete). An underlayment and a moisture barrier are placed above the subfloor and the flooring is attached with an adhesive over the underlayment. Before applying the adhesive or glue, the entire floor design is first laid down to avoid installation mistakes. The adhesive dries out very quickly and if the planks aren’t laid correctly it’ll be almost impossible to separate them and rectify. It’s better to use professional help for this installation method.

Now that you know the types of bamboo flooring available, spend some time to evaluate your needs. Make your purchase accordingly. Remember that testing the moisture conditions of your subfloor is important before installation to avoid floor damage. Focus on the quality and finish of the product during your purchase from a reputed flooring showroom in Toronto.

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