A bamboo flooring floating floor system is a gorgeous alternative to hardwood, tile and other options. Bamboo itself offers so many virtues that it’s hard to go past when you’re looking for floor coverings. First and foremost, it’s a highly renewable material that is harvested from the same plants over and over, once it reaches maturity at around 3 to 4 years.
It’s environmentally friendly as a result, but also because there is no manufacturing waste and no toxic residuals. Bamboo is extremely resistant to termites and moisture and although it’s actually harder than typical hardwood floors, it is more comfortable under foot, especially for those who have to spend long hours on their feet.
Floating bamboo flooring is a true floating floor system. It’s available in a click-lock application and is as easy to install as any other floating floor material.
One of the most important things to do before installing your bamboo floating floor is to acclimatize the bamboo to the room in which it will be used. Bamboo is what’s called a hygroscopic material, meaning it contracts and expands along with moisture content fluctuations and so it’s necessary to equalize it with the moisture content of the room. All you need to do is leave it, unpacked from the boxes, laid out so that it can adjust, over three to four days, a minimum of 72 hours.
The hardness of the bamboo used in floating floor applications is greater than traditional bamboo flooring, double the density in fact. It is made using compression on the bamboo strands within a resin matrix.
Sizing of bamboo floating floor products
The standard dimensions of the boards used for bamboo floating floors is 5/8” x 6” x 48”, although the size can vary depending on the manufacturer. The boards are usually treated with aluminum oxide for better scratch resistance, and can feature horizontal or vertical grain attributes. A recycled bamboo fiber is applied to the backs of the boards for environmentally friendly adhesion.
Under the floating floor system, the subfloor must be structurally sound, cleaned and cleared of any debris. If the subfloor is not level, there should at least not be more than 3/16” elevation difference within a radius of about 10 feet.
Not all bamboo flooring can be installed as a floating floor system so don’t take it for granted when you buy the product that you can self-install it as such. Always explain to your retailer what your intended use is and how you would like it laid.
Once you have the right product, the good news is that floating floors are the quickest kind to install. As they’re not fastened by mechanical means to the sub floor, the need for specialist tools is eliminated. The planks are glued down to the prepared surface.
It is a DIY project of medium skill and you can attend courses on floating floor installation to learn how to achieve the desired results. If you select a manufacturer who produces bamboo flooring that can be installed by click and lock, without glue, your job is made that much easier again. Professional installation is advised if you think the task may be beyond your capabilities.
A bamboo floating floor is an obvious solution for homes where there is a need for durable floors with good looks. It is low maintenance and high performance; it doesn’t get much better than that.