Bamboo is an attractive and sustainable hardwood flooring material with a hardness similar to oak. Bamboo flooring is usually sought either for its attractive appearance, or for its appeal as an eco-friendly flooring option. Natural bamboo floors have a very light wood color, similar to beech, but can be processed for darker colors that can be indistinguishable from other hardwoods, though such processing lowers their hardness rating.
Bamboo is a highly renewable resource, and many bamboo flooring types qualify for LEED certification. Bamboo flooring can be divided by installation type:
Glue Flooring: In glue flooring the bamboo is installed with an adhesive glue, and can be used both on bamboo tiles and traditional plank wood floors.
Nail Flooring: Thicker bamboo plants are typically installed via nailing. A tongue and groove design in the planks allows the installer to nail the bamboo into the subfloor without the nails being visible in the floor panels. Any staple flooring can also be used as nail flooring.
Staple Flooring: Used in thinner bamboo plank flooring, staple flooring allows installation via a pneumatic stapler. Like nail flooring, a tongue and groove design allows the installer to staple the board along the seam of the tongue, so that the staple ends do not show in the finished floor.
Floating / Click-Lock Flooring: A floating floor is not adhered or fastened to the subfloor at all. The bamboo flooring pieces instead are engineered to lock together tightly and hold their position by friction and tension alone. Floating floors can be substantially easier to install and require fewer tools, and are often referred to as click-lock flooring.
Bamboo and Sustainability
Most flooring bamboo made from Moso bamboo and is imported from China; so the many environmental positives must be weighed against transporting it via ocean freight. Given the impressive eco-friendly traits of bamboo, many consider it still a net gain for sustainability. You can read more about bamboo flooring sustainability at Wikipedia.
Moso bamboo can grow over 70 feet high in less than two months, and in its native China it doesn't require water, pesticides, or herbicides. The bamboo matures in about five years (compared to 20 to over a hundred years for other hardwoods), allowing far more bamboo to be harvested in a given amount of space over time. Because bamboo is in the grass family and spreads via underground rhizome, bamboo does not need to be replanted after harvest, and even after being harvested the rhizomes are still present and alive in the soil to prevent erosion. The combination of abundant harvests, lack of toxins added to the environment for growth, and lack of erosion upon harvest makes sustainably harvested bamboo the green flooring and hardwood choice of many.
Fun Fact: Bamboo is not a tree - it's actually a grass. A bamboo stalk grows to its entire height in a single growing season, and will never grow any higher, though the bamboo colony will send up additional stalks in subsequent years, and those too will grow to their entire height in a single growing season.
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iXStaple Hardwood Flooring
Flooring is installed using
staples. The flooring is affixed
to the subfloor using staples.
Staples are used when the
flooring is thinner.
Float Hardwood Flooring
Flooring is installed with a
float or floating method. This
method does not require glue,
nails, or staples.
Glue Hardwood Flooring
:Glue Hardwood Flooring
is installed with glue or
Nail Hardwood Flooring
:Nail Hardwood Flooring
is installed using nails. The
flooring is affixed to the
subfloor using nails. Staples
are used when the flooring is
Hardwood Flooring is installed
with a method called locking,
click, or lock and fold, that
connects flooring to each other
without the need for glue on the
edges or ends. The boards lock
together via a tongue-and-groove
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