Bamboo Flooring FAQs
What is carbonized bamboo flooring?
Choosing bamboo flooring is almost always about the color, since the durability is equal across products. Carbonized flooring is a great choice for home owners who want to enjoy the benefits of bamboo, but prefer something a bit darker than bamboo’s naturally blond color.
One of the biggest advantages of the carbonization process is that you can achieve your desired rich dark color and it will be the same color all the way through the plank, so sanding the surface won’t remove the color. The deep rich color that you see in carbonized bamboo flooring is a result of a carefully calibrated heating process.
What is the difference between “click-lock” bamboo flooring and “tongue and groove”?
These are two terms that describe how the individual floor boards join together. While one is not generally better than the other, each has its own set of circumstances for which it is better suited.
With click-lock flooring, each board is cut in such a way that allows it to lock onto the next board when they are placed together. One favorite feature of this type of flooring is that it does not require any type of adhesives or fasteners, and they are thought to be a much quicker and easier installation.
With tongue and groove flooring, the boards are also cut so that they join easily together. However, with this type of flooring, you don’t see the same type of locking effect. As a result, you will need to attach the floors with either glue or nails. While this type of installation is considered to be a more permanent option, it also means that they can be more difficult to remove, should the need arise.
Can bamboo flooring be installed in a laundry room or bathroom?
If you choose to install a bamboo floor in water-prone areas, we encourage you to make that decision only after very careful consideration. Bamboo is a very durable and hearty material, but virtually no type of flooring is truly resistant to the long term effects of moisture.
Before you install bamboo or eucalyptus flooring in a laundry room or bathroom for your client, please contact us to discuss your options in further detail.
When placing an order for bamboo flooring, how much extra should I order to allow for waste?
When it comes to waste from a flooring installation, the amount of bamboo that you end up throwing away depends heavily on the skill level of the person who is installing it. Highly skilled contractors obviously tend to waste less than homeowners who are undertaking a do-it-yourself project. As a general rule of thumb, consider ordering anywhere from 7% to 10% extra per project. If you’re still unsure, contact a member of the Bildermann’s team, and we’ll help you determine the right amount for your order.
Are there any concerns about these floors shrinking after installation?
In general, when you buy your floors from a reputable flooring company, shrinkage should not be a concern. This common misconception is the result of less than ethical flooring providers selling subpar products.
With any flooring, though, it’s important that you allow the planks to acclimate to their new surroundings. Letting the boards acclimate for a period of at least 3-4 days is recommended for Bildermann’s products, but you should always consult your manufacturer’s instructions, as these recommendations may vary.
If you are still concerned about installing bamboo floors due to higher than average humidity or unpredictable climate, chat with a member of our team to learn about your options.