Solid or engineered bamboo flooring is great for commercial or residential use. Bamboo is 33% harder than oak and 13% harder than maple. Bamboo is part of the grass family and matures every 5 to 7 years. In order to help the planet, this material is worth going out of your way for, because it takes 30 to 60 years for the oak, maple, cherry and similar hardwood species to mature.
This finish offers a refined, modern, elegant and exotic interior arrangement. Since it is very resistant, it is perfect for high traffic areas and it can also be installed over a radiant floor heating system…but be careful with the stiletto heels!
Maybe you think that nothing beats solid wood, engineered or laminate flooring made from the classic wood species, but it can be interesting to explore other avenues such as bamboo, cork or eucalyptus flooring.
For superior results installation without worries, ask for a certified installer when buying your floor. If you are a DIY person, follow the steps shown at the end.
Cost for bamboo floors is between 1.35$ and 12$ the square foot which is determine by the quality, its finish, plank width and solid or engineered one. End of season’s discounts are usually very interesting. You will add the installation cost which will give you a budget idea before starting your project.
It is an ideal material for helping save our planet but you must understand that it has to usually travel adding greenhouse gas footprints to your final eco-friendly project.
As an interior designer, installation of a bamboo floor has to follow the room style you will choose and I personally find it appropriate in southern condos and houses. Illustrated is a Florida’s installation which is harmonized with its environment.
Preparation is a must by following the maker’s specifications sheets provided with the product. You can always refer to their website for more detailed information on how to prepare and install their floors.
After screwing your floor base plywood in place, (this product can be install on concrete, just follow the specifications accordingly) glue (use an eco-friendly glue) a ¼’’ cork underlay and let it dry for at least 18 to 24 hours depending on the humidity and temperature of the room.
Very important note: do not sort the bamboo plank by shades, meaning do not separate the dark one from the lighter one! Install them as they come out of the box. Solid wood does not look all the same and this is the beauty of it.
Standard tong and groove installation using eco-friendly glue between planks (not on the cork) is easy to do for a DIY person. Take your time, prepare well, measure and voilà!!!The result is stunning.
Shown on the picture is a 10’ x 13’ bedroom and has cost 550$ with the baseboard. We bought the solid bamboo, roll of cork, glues and nails at Home Depot.
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