With wooden flooring you have such a great variety of choice. And even if you focus your choice on engineered wood flooring, the decision is not complete. Exactly like solid wood, engineered wood can come in a great variety of wood species, styles and finishes. While the colour, design, style and finish of the engineered wood floor is a matter of your personal taste and interior design style, the wood species used for manufacturing the floor is also a matter of functionality and suitability to your own project and to the characteristics of your property.

If you are facing a dilemma – you are not alone, because many people are not sure about their decision at a first glimpse. However, things always go the right way and people choose what is really suitable for their project, but today we are talking about the period before the final decision, the period when you have a lot of wood species to choose from. In general, most people are attracted by bamboo and oak engineered wood flooring options, both of these being very popular and highly preferred because of a number of reasons. Today we will help you make a better choice by explaining what bamboo engineered flooring really is and its pros and cons over oak.

Bamboo isn’t technically wood at all, although we consider it as a part of the wooden flooring group thanks to its strength and size. Engineered bamboo flooring is constructed the exact same way as any other conventional engineered wood flooring, built out from layers and layers that are glued together to make a solid core, which is then topped with a layer of bamboo (lamella). In the case of bamboo, it is much narrower than oak and because of that, it is bonded either side by side or vertically to make the top layer. Because of that, the appearance of bamboo floors is more different and unique, having this patchwork feel to it. As you can see, in terms of construction, bamboo flooring is much the same thing as engineered oak wood - the same arrangement of layers that reduces the effect of humidity, moisture and temperature changes and makes the whole construction more durable and suitable for any area of the house or workplace and even over underfloor heating.

What are the advantages of bamboo over the conventional oak?

Bamboo is an eco-friendly and sustainable option because it is a fast-growing plant and is not one of those raw materials that damage the environment. However, although bamboo has almost a similar Janka rating as oak, the flooring experts agree that it is a bit less durable than oak. When it comes to looking and appearance, bamboo is really unique. As we have already explained, the way the lamella is constructed gives it this beautiful patchwork look. If you are a fan of the simpler look, then oak is probably your better option because oak can produce wide boards with only one single piece of wood and oak also comes in all grades, from prime to rustic. It is all down to personal preference.

What about the disadvantages?

The way bamboo is treated makes it less durable and hard-wearing than oak. Another fact that you may find as a disadvantage is that, unlike oak that comes in a great variety of natural colours and undertones, bamboo’s natural colour is very like beech. However, you can find also a bit darker bamboo flooring options and the darker effect is achieved using a heating process that is called carbonising (that also causes bamboo’s softening).