Floating Engineered Bamboo Flooring

Floating Engineered Bamboo Flooring

Floating Engineered Bamboo Flooring

Floating engineered bamboo flooring is a wonderful product for your home or office. I have enjoyed mine and recommend it to anyone. We were looking for an environmentally friendly flooring material and decided on bamboo. Because of our color scheme we went with the caramelized color, even though it’s not quite as hard as the natural, untreated bamboo. If we were to do it again, I’d get an unfinished bamboo flooring and finish it in place to get rid of the gaps between the engineered planks, and to have control of the durability of the protective finish. It withstands our hot sun and dry climate; both good points for a floor product.

The choices in flooring can often be overwhelming. One type of flooring that is not too common in homes yet, but that offers a beautiful and visually stunning foundation for your rooms is floating engineered bamboo flooring. This flooring choice is one that is steadily gaining in popularity, due to its beauty, durability, and the fact that bamboo is environmentally friendly — a sustainable flooring product. If you have been trying to decide what kind of wood to choose for your floors, floating engineered bamboo flooring may be the choice that will make your room and home feel updated and look beautiful.

Bamboo flooring is known for the knuckle pattern that runs through it due to the stalk joints and the smooth and linear graining. The choice of vertical or horizontal graining in your bamboo flooring can help you determine which one will work best in your home or room to make it look as beautiful as possible. The color choice is generally either natural or amber (or caramalized), with the color of the amber bamboo being created by a process known as «carbonizing», which is when the stalks are steamed before being made into flooring. Floating engineered bamboo flooring features a top layer of real bamboo in the color and style that you want and need.

Floating engineered bamboo flooring can be used in many different rooms of your home, even if the room is prone to moisture, including basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. Other wood varieties cannot withstand this moisture without buckling or rippling. Engineered bamboo flooring is made of layers of bamboo that can expand and contract with moisture. This fact, along with the fact that it is a floating floor, can make a big difference in its durability. If you have been looking for a beautiful flooring choice for your basement or other moisture-prone room, then floating engineered bamboo flooring is the right choice for you.

Floating engineered bamboo flooring is easy to install. A moisture barrier of viscuine or a foam-like material, is laid down over a clean and dry floor. An existing floor can act as the substrate for bamboo flooring, as long as the floor is affixed securely to the subfloor. The bamboo flooring is then clicked together on top of the barrier, which is why it is called a floating floor. It is not difficult to install and most do-it-yourselfers can do it easily.

Bamboo flooring is also known for being environmentally friendly. Engineered flooring uses layers of either an inexpensive wood or bamboo with a top layer of bamboo. Bamboo is a resource that replenishes itself quickly after it is cut. It continues growing, which is unlike the tree based wood floorings, making it a sustainable product. And because bamboo, a grass, grows so well, it doesn’t need fertilizers or pesticides, again contributing to it’s sustainable nature.

If you have been looking for an alternative to normal type woods like oak, pine, and beech in your flooring choices, then you will want to think about floating engineered bamboo flooring. It can offer you beauty, ease of installation, durability, and it is somewhat environmentally friendly. This flooring choice will make your room and your home feel brighter and updated.


I am looking to put a floor over the polished concrete floor in the Children’s Room of our Common House in a Cohousing Community in rural British Columbia, Canada. Our concerns are that the current floor is cold over the fall to spring months (there is no in-floor radiant heat) and is too smooth and hard for a kids’ room. Some members have stated that they do not want anything permanent so we are looking at floating floors only. The room will be used by kids coming in from the sandpit outdoors to eat, do crafts and play. We have narrowed our search down to Plyboo’s engineered bamboo planks and Forbo’s marmoleum planks (both tongue and groove installation). From the comments on this website I am beginning to shy away from marmoleum. Do you think that the engineered bamboo surface will hold up to sand, spills, heelies (rollerblading shoes), thrown cars and blocks and the like better than marmoleum? Please advise!

cathy at May 15, 2008 11:57 PM

Hi Cathy!

Yes, I think the bamboo would hold up better than the marmoleoum.

The Flooring Lady at May 17, 2008 10:46 AM

In my experience with both flooring types it’s been my experience they are both durable and kid friendly. They each have their weak points and strengths, but overall they’re both great.

I haven’t tried Forbo’s new floating Marmoleum though, but think it would be great. I don’t think you would go wrong with either choice, so let the price and look you want guide you from here.

Is floating engineered bamboo flooring a good choice to put over radiant heating on top of a slab floor. Will it expand and contract with the change in heat?

Thanks for your help.


henry at March 7, 2009 3:06 PM

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