Many mills use immature stalks, not taking time or care to dry the raw bamboo properly (ideally, down to 2-4% of the moisture content). While bamboo may be comparable to hardwood floors in terms of durability, the inexpensive versions can be difficult to refinish: they have a finish that’s difficult to remove—and if successful, you run the risk of releasing formaldehyde; what’s more, sanding the floor will likely shred the grassy strands of the bamboo. According to the Janka Hardness Test , which measures the resistance of wood to dents and wear, strand-woven bamboo flooring is the most durable—it can be over 3000 psi (comparable to Ipê). It can be applied with solvent free adhesives so even the installation is clean.
Despite two boys and a dog, our bamboo flooring has held up remarkably well for ten years and I see another ten years or more of life in it. My only regret is that we’re unable to refinish the floor or change its color. That said, the amount we saved on our floor allowed us to spread our budget a little further on other parts of our kitchen and for that reason, yes, we would do it again, especially now that there are many more choices in type, color, and finish. Linseed oil continues to oxidize in the floor and the bacteria can’t multiply as with other types of flooring.
There are virtually no dangerous health issues linked to the flooring, from production to installation and even in disposal. Whether you are building a new home or contemplating a remodel of your old one, marmoleum flooring may be just the floor covering that you are looking for. The material itself cost more than the sheet flooring, but the install is way, way cheaper. I had it put in one of my bathrooms 2 years ago, and purchased more for my kitchen, master bathroom and entryway. Water issue in bathroom is a non-issue; if you get water on the floor, wipe/mop it up, no problem.
The most important thing to remember when you are ordering your flooring that it must acclimate to your home before it can be installed, meaning that it must adjust its humidity and temperature to that of the home. If not the wood may swell or dry too much causing issues with the flooring itself such as heaving or cracking. Different manufacturers will recommend different time frames, just remember it is important to give time for the wood to acclimate before you start the installation process which is another reason why ordering enough wood is important.
This model of flooring from Bamboo Importers has a modified tongue and grove connection. Bamboo Importers Click Engineered Flooring is precision milled to provide stability and durability. In our case the home owner decided they wanted the flooring to run seamlessly throughout the great room, and down the hall into the master bedroom. The flooring is designed to be held down, so a raised threshold is required when running the flooring perpendicular to each other.