Bamboo flooring enjoys considerable popularity because of the high quality of bamboo as well as the durability of the flooring. It is considered an excellent hard surface, similar to oak and other hardwood flooring. There are a number of ways to install bamboo flooring. One of the easiest and fastest ways is the floating method.
Floating bamboo flooring is done by putting down a layer of plastic and foam on the surface of the subfloor, which may be tiled, concrete, wooden, or even nailed and glued down. Then, bamboo boards or planks are attached to one another by means of a water-based glue and are placed as a whole on top of the layer.
Floating bamboo flooring, cross laminated like plywood, is considered much more stable than other common floor installations. In nail-down and glue-down methods, expansion and contraction may occur in individual boards, which in turn leads to gapping and warping of the floor. This is not the case with floating floors, as the whole set up is treated as a single unit. Moreover, bamboo boards are attached to one another at the edges and not to the subfloor. Floating bamboo flooring can have a ceramic finish or an aluminum oxide finish.
Bamboo boards used for floating bamboo flooring are wider in size, which makes it easy to install on any type of subfloor. Glue is not used in between the subfloor and the bamboo board. As a result, there is no emission of toxic materials when installing over concrete flooring.
Floating bamboo floors need expansion areas as do other types of bamboo installations. It is possible to install natural and carbonized bamboo, which are in horizontal or vertical styles.