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Where should bamboo wood flooring be/not be installed?

Bamboo wood is a versatile and tough flooring product. It is decorative, useful and globally popular. Bamboo wood flooring is not only meant for laying aesthetically beautiful floors but also has multiple uses in construction, from building exterior rafters and walls, to doors and roofing tiles.

Where can you install bamboo wood flooring?

Bamboo wood flooring can be installed in almost any room, above or below the ground, over wood, OSB (Oriented Strand Board), and existing vinyl flooring. Bamboo wood flooring does not dent, scratch or wear as quickly and easily as many varieties of hardwood flooring. As a floor, it can become a part of any place that receives maximum public foot traffic like corridors and living rooms in homes. Bamboo wood flooring also serves in offices, schools, studios, hotel lobbies, auditoriums, conference halls and restaurants.

Where bamboo wood flooring should not be installed?

Bamboo wood is naturally moisture resistant to some extent due to its tropical nature. Also, part of its manufacturing process includes lamination which increases it’s resistance to moisture.There are several locations that are not recommended for bamboo flooring. Bamboo wood flooring is not suitable in areas prone to excessive wetness such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or verandas, or anywhere that may require wet-mopping or be exposed to other forms of wetness. Extended exposure to moisture can cause a bamboo wood flooring to warp, bend or swell.

(6) Comments

  1. This article consistently uses the term “bamboo wood flooring”. Bamboo is not wood, it is grass. It is also not as friendly for the environment as some people would like you to believe. The floor is made by using layers of glue which do not break down easily in a landfill. Additionally, because of the glue and chemicals used to make it it can release volatile organic chemicals (VOC) into the air. One such common glue is urea formaldehyde, which is classified as a probable human carcinogen.

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Carla,

      Thank you for getting in touch! You are correct. bamboo is a grass and not a wood. We just categorize it under the wood category to cover most natural floor products. You are also correct about the VOCs released from the flooring. Bamboo, laminate and engineered hardwood may release VOCs depending on the type of adhesive or resin used in production. All of the flooring products that we carry on our website undergo a strict onboarding process and are tested by third party labs. All these products are expected to pass California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase II compliancy standards, which are among the strictest in the world. We even go as far as retesting products to make sure they remain at the same standards throughout their time on sale on our site. Please let us know if you have any questions!

  2. I am considering using bamboo to create a head liner for my 1948 Willys Wagon to go along with a look of a vintage cabin crusier and mount fishing rod holders above the seating area .This veh. is being built for driving on the beaches in the Outter Banks of NC. I may use it to create side panels also.

    • Hey Chuck.

      Bamboo flooring planks are pretty much designed to last a long time as interior flooring material.Where we’d be able to advise on bamboo for flooring, I’m not sure your warranty would include use for external siding for a car. This is not necessarily to say that it won’t hold up, per se. But, given that it would be something of a ‘creative’ use of the material, it would be impossible for us to answer with any certainty.

      If you are intent on using bamboo flooring for this purpose, I’d consider two things: 1. use the extra planks left over from your flooring installation, and 2. Hopefully your bamboo of choice is strand-woven bamboo (the hardest type of bamboo there is), and that it’s natural bamboo, not carbonized (natural is about 30% harder)

      I hope this helps! đŸ™‚

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