Bamboo Flooring Install Company Melbourne
Bamboo Flooring is a laminated product made up from small pieces of bamboo bonded together or the strand woven product which is processed from longer strands of bamboo.
For installation bamboo flooring generally fits together with either a tongue and groove joint or a profiled locking system and products that are prefinished or site sanded and coated.
When installing a bamboo floor many aspects must be considered and this includes assessing the house design, the environment in which the floor is to be laid and the desired appearance of the finished floor.
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How is Bamboo Flooring Made?
Most bamboo flooring is manufactured in China from bamboo stems that are usually about 4 years old. After harvesting the stems are cut lengthwise into a number of pieces prior to further processing into laminated and strand woven flooring.
The manufacture of laminated bamboo flooring is quite different to strand woven bamboo flooring. Laminated product initially requires small sections about 30 mm wide to be machined in rectangular shapes (25 mm wide and 6 mm thick), treated against insect attack and then kiln dried prior to board fabrication. The dry rectangular pieces are then either glued horizontally or vertically to provide the desired style of product.
With strand woven flooring the bamboo pieces are cut into finer strands. These strands are then glued back together to form a sheet or beam from which raw boards are cut. Strand woven bamboo flooring is manufactured by two different processes known as the hot press and the cold press process. With the hot press process pressure and heat are applied to form sheets that are then cut into boards. From the cold press process, heat to cure the adhesive is applied after pressing the fibers into beams. The beams are then cut into boards.
For internal flooring each of these processes can provide quality product. Due to the pressing processes with strand woven products they are denser and harder than laminated flooring.
Bamboo Flooring Installation
The flooring, irrespective of whether it is pre-finished or to be site sanded and finished, is to be checked at the time of laying for manufacturing imperfections that could become a concern in the finished floor.
This includes aspects of grade, imperfections in board shape or damage to boards as well as coating imperfections.
Some Bamboo Flooring Suppliers indicate that the flooring should be laid from several different packs (at least 3) at the one time and if applicable, to mix together different production batches, to ensure a good mix of floor colour and tones.
All floors require expansion allowance at skirting and around fixed objects. Intermediate expansion allowance can be required in both the length and width of floors. The length and width at which intermediate expansion allowance is needed will depend on the individual product. With longer floors expansion joints are required at doorways due to the differential movement of different sized floors in different rooms.
Quality Timber Flooring has an expert team of experienced bamboo flooring installers ready to provide you with an impeccable installation and finish. We take care in your home and treat it as our own, even thoroughly cleaning after each job.