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One of the new trends in home decorating and remodeling is the growth in popularity of bamboo flooring. There are a number of reasons why this material is becoming more common but many people tend to find the durability and cost of flooring to meet or exceed their expectations.
While looking into the huge variety of flooring options that are available, keep in mind that there are two ways that bamboo can be prepared for a home. Additionally, while there are numerous types of bamboo (primarily because of its ability to grow almost anywhere), the primary kind that is strong enough to be used as flooring is referred to as the Moso variety. This type of flooring can reproduce very quickly, usually hitting maturity in three to four years, which makes it very appealing to growers who are looking for something that will not necessarily tie up their fields for an extended period of time.
The two primary types of bamboo are called solid bamboo flooring and engineered bamboo flooring. For solid flooring, it is fairly straightforward, as it does not involve other types of wood and can simply be attached to the subfloors through the use of staples or glue. In contrast, engineered bamboo flooring is slightly more complicated, as it involves placing other types of wood under the top layer of bamboo flooring.
While this is considered a "less pure" floor, the trade off is that it is often considered slightly stronger than solid flooring because it builds on the strength of multiple types of woods. For engineered bamboo flooring, there are also more options in terms of types of installation. Similar to solid bamboo, staples or glue can be used to install engineered flooring. The biggest difference is that engineered flooring can also be installed through the use of a technique called floating, where neither staples or glue are used.