Both engineered and solid bamboo flooring are commonly used in the building industry today. Both of them also have some unique features that you will need to be aware of. Here are the basics of engineered and solid bamboo flooring and how they compare to one another.
The major difference between these two types of flooring is in the way that they are constructed. Solid bamboo flooring is constructed by taking pieces of bamboo and gluing them together. The entire piece of solid bamboo flooring is made of bamboo. There are a few different ways to make solid bamboo flooring. The most common forms of solid bamboo flooring are vertical and horizontal. With vertical bamboo, they take narrow pieces of bamboo turned vertically and glue them together. With a horizontal bamboo, they take pieces of bamboo and lay them down horizontally before gluing them together. Each of these methods provide you with a different look when you look at the floor.
Another way that they make solid bamboo flooring is by using the strand woven method. With this technique, they take small pieces of bamboo and cut them into strips. They take these small strips of bamboo and mix them together with resin and a powerful adhesive. The mixture is then pressed together under extreme heat. This provides you with a very strong and hard bamboo surface.
Engineered bamboo is made in a different manner. They still take small strips of bamboo and glue them together for the top layer. This means that you will not be able to tell the difference between engineered and solid bamboo once you have it installed. After the top layer of the engineered bamboo is constructed, they put it on top of a wood core. The core of the engineered bamboo is typically made of different types of wood. The wood is in layers and each layer is turned in a different direction. This creates a cross-ply scenario much like plywood.
One of the big differences between these two types of flooring is the price. Solid bamboo flooring is going to be more expensive than engineered bamboo flooring in most cases. With engineered bamboo flooring, they will commonly use a cheaper hardwood material to make the core out of. This allows them to save money on the construction of the product and then pass this price break on to you.
Engineered bamboo flooring is more dimensionally stable than solid bamboo flooring. It will not expand and contract as much as solid bamboo flooring. This means that you can glue this type of bamboo down to concrete flooring with a traditional hardwood glue. You can also nail it down to a wood subfloor. With engineered bamboo flooring, you can also install it in a floating manner like laminate. You will simply lay it on top of a pad without gluing it to the floor.
With solid bamboo flooring, you have to glue it down to concrete with a special adhesive or you can nail it down to a wood subfloor.