November 27, 2022

Engineered Bamboo Flooring

engineered bamboo floor

Engineered bamboo flooring is one of the newer flooring types. This material is put together in a different way than most traditional flooring. Engineered bamboo floors are generally more versatile than traditional bamboo. This is due to the process by which it is made. The engineered flooring differs from either vertical, stranded, or horizontal bamboo flooring. The good news is that engineered flooring is generally less expensive, resistant to changes in shape, and very adaptable to different environments.

Both vertical and horizontal bamboo are pressed together in a similar way. Once pressed together the material is laminated. The difference is the way that the bamboo is pressed together. In horizontal bamboo, the strips are laid on top of each other before the pressure is applied. With vertical bamboo, the strips are stood on the side before pressure and lamination.

There is a visual difference that is readily apparent. A quick internet search can show photos that distinguish the two. While both types are durable they both do expand when the humidity is high and shrink during the drier months. The constant shrinking and expansion may cause the floor to warp and become disfigured.

Stranded woven bamboo uses a different technique that incorporates shredded bamboo. The shreds are added to glue and then pressed together. The resulting flooring is hard and very durable, but it is also subject to the effects of changes in humidity. This material can be very heavy and difficult to install.

stranded woven bamboo

If you need a floor that will escape the changes of humidity engineered bamboo floors might be a good choice for you. This flooring is unlike the other types of bamboo flooring as it is not all bamboo. The exterior is bamboo, but the center may be made of different types of wood on the interior.

Adding a different kind of wood makes the flooring more versatile. The additional wood helps to prevent the shrinking and expansion of the flooring. This flooring is ideal for humid areas where bamboo flooring will not stand up. The flooring is much less likely to have problems with warping and is more durable.

You can choose engineered flooring that looks like either horizontal bamboo or vertical bamboo so that it matches your taste. The cost is generally less, it is warp-resistant and does not change in shape.

Installation can take place in nearly any environment. You may install it just like other kinds of bamboo wood flooring. You may choose to glue or nail the sub-flooring, whether it is wood or concrete. It can also be installed as a floating floor.

In addition, you will find that engineered bamboo flooring may be installed where another bamboo cannot be used. Detailed installation instructions can be found below.

How to Install Engineered Bamboo Flooring In your Home

install engineered bamboo floor

Bamboo flooring can be a beautiful addition to any home. It can increase your home’s value along with creating a more attractive and comfortable living space. Installing bamboo flooring is easy enough for anyone to be able to accomplish with a great result. The tools you need to install bamboo flooring are simple and are commonly found in most household tool chests. Let’s get started.

Remove your Old Flooring

remove old floor

The first step to installing your bamboo flooring is to prepare the surface. Bamboo flooring can be placed over tile, hardwood, or concrete but you don’t want to place it over the carpet. If you have carpeting, remove it and place the waste out of the way. Be sure to remove any padding that was beneath your carpet. After you’ve removed your carpets be sure to check the subfloor for any nails or staples. These will have to be removed before you install your bamboo.

If you have tile floors you will have to make a choice. You can pull up the old tiles or you can install your bamboo flooring overtop of the current tiles. If you choose to pull up the old tiles you should be sure to clean the subfloor afterward. Remove any grout or putty that may be left on your subfloor. You should not have to worry about nails or staples below tiles but it is a good idea to check before proceeding.

If you have hardwood floors you can either remove the hardwood or simply install the bamboo overtop of the old surface.

Whichever flooring you will be removing before installing your bamboo floors be sure to clean the subfloor with a broom or vacuum afterward. You need to be sure that all grit, staples, nails, or tile fragments have been removed before you begin the installation.

Fit and Place your Engineered Bamboo Flooring

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Next comes the fun part: installing your engineered bamboo flooring. Most bamboo flooring has a tongue and groove construction. Each individual board will fit together like a puzzle piece with its neighbor. The fit should look something like this:

You will need to trim pieces to fit odd corners of your room and to ensure a smart-looking edge in the corners. A tape measure will come in handy for making sure that your trimmed pieces are of the correct length and width. Make each measurement twice and use a pencil and a straight edge on the underside of each board to ensure that your measurement is marked correctly for trimming.

When cutting pieces you’ll want to use a high-speed circular saw*. Be sure to make sure that each tongue will match with a groove before cutting a new piece. A bit of painter’s tape along the edge that will be cut will help to prevent splintering of your edges.

*Note: Be sure to follow all safe operating instructions when operating any power tool.

Secure Your Engineered Bamboo Flooring

Once you’ve got all of your bamboo flooring boards fitted and placed you’ll have two choices. You can either leave your floor unsecured and floating or you can secure it to your subfloor. If you choose to have a floating floor you won’t have to secure it at all.

As long as your tongue and groove joints are tight and you’ve trimmed your edge pieces to fit snugly to your walls you should avoid any shifting as it’s being walked on. If you desire, a small amount of glue can be put along the tongue and grooved edges to prevent any possible slipping of joints.

If you are matching your bamboo floor edges with other flooring types you may have to secure them to the subfloors to prevent slipping around the joints. The ideal method for securing your bamboo flooring is to use specialized glues to secure the flooring to the subfloor.

To apply the glue simply remove your bamboo boards and follow the instructions on the glue can. The tongue and groove construction of your floors will let you easily reassemble your floor over top of the glue. Just be sure to remember where each individual piece goes.

If flooring glues won’t work or are terribly inefficient you can use wire nails to secure your bamboo. This is not the best method for securing bamboo flooring. However, if you are going to use nails to secure your flooring be sure to pre-drill each hole to prevent splitting. A small piece of tape placed over the area you pre-drill will help prevent splitting during the drilling process.

A small number of nails should be sufficient due to the tight tongue and groove construction of most engineered bamboo flooring. Before getting too carried away with nailing your floors be sure to try a few test pieces in an out-of-the-way corner to ensure that you get the effect that you’re looking for.

Once your flooring is secured you’re done! Now your engineered bamboo flooring is installed and will create an enjoyable and attractive living space for years to come.

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