Bamboo laminate flooring combines convenience with an attractive, durable product. Bamboo flooring is one of the most popular types of flooring among those who want a floor that will last for a long time. Bamboo laminate has this aspect to it, but it also has the features of any other laminate wood flooring that make it even more attractive. Almost anyone can install a laminate floor in their home, whether or not they have any real carpentry experience. In many cases, the entire project need only take an afternoon to complete and there’s no finishing required.
What Is Bamboo Laminate Flooring?
Bamboo laminate is not actually wood, but it looks almost identical. These products can last a very long time, with most manufacturers having warranties on the product that are written for well beyond a decade. This flooring is incredibly tough and is available at a great price. Compared to solid bamboo flooring and hardwood floors, it is better at resisting scratches and damage and is not as susceptible to changes in humidity and temperature. The installation process for this type of wood flooring is incredibly easy. It is recommended that you leave the wood to sit in the room you plan to install it in for at least a couple of days, so that it adjusts to the local temperature and humidity conditions properly.
Bamboo floors can be purchased in various different shades, and emulate strand or carbonized bamboo. Unlike a regular bamboo floor, laminate wood flooring does not require that you apply a finish to it, and there’s no need to sand the floor after it’s laid down. The floor fits together flawlessly. Tongues and grooves provide the fastening power of the floor and it can be laid in a “floating” configuration, which means that you don’t nail or glue it to the subfloor. This is part of the reason that installation is so fast. Some bamboo flooring has glue pre-applied to the tongues to assure a solid bond between the planks.
While bamboo laminate is very flexible, it does have some limitations. If you’re installing flooring on a surface that has a lot of depressions and rises, you’ll have to fix them before laying down laminate wood flooring. Because laminate flooring floats, it will not accommodate variations in the level of the subfloor terribly well. There are underlay products that can help with this, though very severe inconsistencies in the subfloor may require repair before this type of bamboo flooring can be installed.
A laminate floor is very resistant to some of the worst enemies of regular hardwood flooring. Laminate floors can be installed in environments where the humidity may be too high for regular wood flooring, and can be a great carpet alternative. Make sure that this does not violate the terms of the warranty, however, before you proceed with the installation. Bamboo laminate floors can also be installed in high-traffic areas, due to their resistance to abrasion and denting. These bamboo floors, however, can be damaged if they’re treated too roughly. Make sure that you don’t drag heavy furniture across them and that you get in the habit of removing your shoes, to make your bamboo laminate flooring last as long as possible.