As can be guessed from the name, floating floors are not directly connected to the sub-floor with any glue or screws, just kept over that. You can find offices and homes installed with such floors. An outstanding feature of these floors is that they help absorbing noise and are therefore often used at public places like gaming rooms, theatres and party floors. These are not appropriate for bathrooms since water could leak from the edges to harm their shock absorbing middle layer on getting collected therein.
Floating Bamboo Floor
With this kind of flooring you don’t actually attach bamboo planks to the sub floor. Instead, you use glue to attach the planks together or simply interlock those and keep over the floor as one piece. The sub floor may comprise of any regular flooring material including wood, tiles and concrete. A layer of foam and plastic comes in between the sub floor and the single piece made from planks. The middle layer could be made using cork or from recycled car tires. This works as an effective shock absorbing material. Variations of humidity level make bamboo contract or expand. So, the floor made from bamboo is exposed to such variations. However, floating bamboo flooring is better that the normal bamboo flooring as the planks making a single piece are not joined to the sub-floor, they won’t bend to lose their shape. Nevertheless, it is recommended to keep a gap of an inch or half between the edges of the floor and the walls, thus keeping room for any expansion or contraction that may take place.
Strand Woven Bamboo Floor
This is easily the most interesting and cost effective kind of bamboo flooring. This is derived from Moso bamboo which is first boiled to get rid of any sugar content that could attract termites. Subsequently it is dried for a long time. Dried bamboos are subjected to high pressure to flatten the same and planks are cut from the flattened bamboo and treated with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) adhesives. This treatment enhances the strength of woven strands to twice of normal strands. Moreover, they become more water resistant than normal bamboo. Now the planks are ready to be glued or nailed straightway to the sub floor or you may install those as floating floor. These are exceptionally strong and long lasting and fit for use in areas that attract high traffic.
Another convenient feature of bamboo flooring is that it presents easy installation and requires no professional help. Despite its being prone to attracting moisture, people prefer using bamboo flooring because of its aesthetic appeal. After all, every product has its own benefits and drawbacks and this flooring is no exception!