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The 5 Types Of Bamboo Floors | What You Need To Know

The knowledge you need to make an informed buying decision.

On this page we examine the main types of construction that bamboo floors are made in, including click-lock "floating" bamboo flooring, engineered bamboo flooring, and solid tongue and groove bamboo flooring. Familiarizing yourself with the different types of bamboo floor construction ensures that you'll choose the right style for every project, and that you won't experience problems with your installation. We hope the guide below helps you determine what bamboo flooring style is best for you.

SOLID STRAND BAMBOO - TONGUE AND GROOVE

Strand Woven Tongue & Groove Bamboo Floor
Installation: Nail Down or Glue Down
PROS
  • Many times harder than traditional wood floors (3 times harder than oak)
  • Also available in eucalyptus (same characteristics)
  • Ambient® brand is Floorscore© Certified for indoor air quality
  • Available in handscraped, brushed, flat, and other unique surface styles
  • Rapidly renewable bamboo that regrows in 5 years
  • Solid wood all the way through
  • Can be refinished up to 5 times
  • Can be nailed down to wood sub-floors and glued down to wood and concrete

SOLID STRAND BAMBOO - CLICK LOCK

Solid Click Lock Bamboo Floating Floor1
Installation: Floating
PROS
  • Many times harder than traditional wood floors (3 times harder than oak)
  • Available in a variety of surface styles
  • Rapidly renewable bamboo that regrows in 5 years
  • Ambient® brand is Floorscore© Certified for indoor air quality
  • Solid wood all the way through
  • Can be refinished up to 5 times
  • Easy installation
CONS
  • Only suitable for indoor environments with very stable year-around humidity. Low-to-average dimensional stability leads to excessive shrinkage when humidity decreases by 15% or more
  • Maximum recommended runs if interior humidity varies more than 15% throughout the year: 15 ft across widths (tangentially) and 25 ft lengthwise (longitudinally)
*A "run" refers to the consecutive distance the floor extends in any given direction

ENGINEERED STRAND BAMBOO - CLICK LOCK

Engineered Floating Locking Bamboo Flooring
Installation: Floating (click-lock) or Glue Down
PROS
  • Wear layer is up to 3 times harder than comparable wood floors
  • Wear layer is rapidly renewable bamboo that regrows in 5 years, HDF core is made from recycled paper pulp
  • Ambient® brand is Floorscore© Certified for indoor air quality
  • Higher dimensional stability
  • Uses less wood material than solid wood floors, reducing environmental impact
  • Can be refinished up to 2 times if the wear layer is at least 2mm
  • Easy installation
CONS
  • Maximum recommended runs if interior humidity varies more than 15% throughout the year: 15 ft across widths (tangentially) and 25 ft lengthwise (longitudinally)
*A "run" refers to the consecutive distance the floor extends in any given direction

ENGINEERED STRAND BAMBOO - TONGUE & GROOVE

Engineered Tongue & Groove Bamboo Flooring
Installation: Glue down
PROS
  • Wear layer is up to 3 times harder than comparable wood floors
  • Wear layer is rapidly renewable bamboo that regrows in 5 years
  • Higher dimensional stability
  • Can be refinished up to 2 times if the wear layer is at least 2mm
  • Easy installation
CONS
  • Requires manually applying a bead of glue on the inside groove of every plank - can be tedious and expensive
  • Multi-layer core is composed of non-renewable wood sources
  • Maximum recommended runs if interior humidity varies more than 15% throughout the year: 25 ft across widths (tangentially) and 45 ft lengthwise (longitudinally)
*A "run" refers to the consecutive distance the floor extends in any given direction

"CLASSIC" BAMBOO - TONGUE & GROOVE

HORIZONTAL BAMBOO FLOOR (natural color)
Solid Natural Horizontal  Bamboo Floor
VERTICAL BAMBOO FLOOR (natural color)
Solid Vertical Edge Grain Bamboo Floor
Installation: Nail Down or Glue Down
PROS
  • Eco-friendly bamboo flooring
  • Available in many colors and surface styles
  • Can be refinished up to 3 times
  • No limits on continuous runs* when nailed or glued down
CONS
  • Much softer than strand woven bamboo floors (1/3rd the hardness)
  • Dents and scratches much more easily than strand bamboo floors

EARTH-FRIENDLY FLOORS AT PEOPLE-FRIENDLY PRICES. Ambient has been shipping only the highest quality bamboo flooring direct nationwide since 2005. We specialize in eco-friendly, durable, safe and high-quality bamboo and eucalyptus hardwood floors. We dedicate ourselves to providing beautiful bamboo floors at reasonable prices that are safe for you and your family, with personal and professional service to boot.

BEAUTY BY NATURE. QUALITY BY DESIGN. We take a unique "can do" approach to our business, which has grown rapidly; we ship our products direct to every corner of the United States as well as internationally. Our flooring is used by major architects and builders across the world and has been used all over the United States, and also in locations as far off as Kenya, France, Bahrain, Kuwait, Mexico, Guam and many others. Homeowners and flooring professionals alike rely on Ambient to provide bamboo floors that won't shrink, buckle, peel or warp like other brands.

LOT-SPECIFIC ORDERING. Every Ambient flooring order all comes from the same lot - so you don't get shade patches in your floor. Furthermore, each of our samples has its lot number written on the back - just mention that lot number when ordering and presto - your flooring order will come from that exact lot so you know that your final floor will match your sample.

SAFETY IS OUR #1 CONCERN. Every single Ambient floor meets the most strict indoor air emissions standard in the world: CARB Phase II. We take your health very seriously, as if it were our own - that is why many of our employees and their families have our floors in their homes. All of our strand woven floors are warranted over radiant heat. Have radiant heat subfloors? No problem. Our floors are moisture-balanced to optimum levels so that you can safely use them over most radiant heat flooring applications.

ONE-STOP SHOPPING. We stock matching trim, moldings and installation materials for our floors. We ensure that you have a finished look that will get compliments for years to come.






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