The cost of bamboo flooring will vary based on a number of factors including the size and thickness of the material, it’s quality, how it was manufactured, where it was manufactured, the quality and thickness of the wear layer if it has one, as well as any treatments that are applied to it during its development. You also have to factor in installation costs, as well as the price of any materials, adhesives, or underlayment layers that will be required.
- Solid Bamboo Flooring Price: $1.50 - $5.00 per square foot (material only)
Solid bamboo flooring is not actually solid pieces of material. Rather the stalks of bamboo grass are sliced or shredded down, and then adhered together using chemicals, heat, and pressure, to create planks that can be used as flooring. The way that solid bamboo is sliced and reconstituted, determines how it ends up looking in finished form.
- Horizontal Bamboo Plank Costs: $1.80 - $3.30 per square foot (material only)
Horizontal bamboo is made when stalks of the material are sliced into thin slats and then pressed together, flat, laying one atop another. The result is a material that has fewer joint lines, but more natural bamboo characteristics.
- Vertical Bamboo Flooring Costs: $1.90 - $3.50 per square foot (material only)
Vertical bamboo is made in a similar manner to horizontal planks. The difference is that the tiny slats are stood up on their thin end, and then pressed together from either side, to form a firm bonding plank material.
The result is a floor that has numerous joint lines providing a kind of textured appearance, while also limiting the look of the natural bamboo elements.
- Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring Prices: $3.00 - $5.00 per square foot (material only)
This is made by taking natural bamboo grass stalks and shredding them into a fine pulp.
This is pressed into a mold along with adhesive chemicals, to form solid blocks. These blocks are then sliced into the planks used in flooring. Strand woven bamboo tends to be the strongest and most durable of the natural solid bamboo options, but also the most expensive.
- Handscraped Bamboo Flooring Costs: $2.00 - $5.00 per square foot (material only)
“Handscraped” refers to a traditional process that was once used to even out the imperfections in hard plank floors, using a variety of hand tools. Because the work is done by hand, the results reflect a union of natural beauty and human artistry. While this attention to detail does cost more, it also provides a one of a kind look for your floor, that can only be achieved through skilled craftsmanship.
- Carbonized Bamboo Flooring: $1.80 - $3.90 per square foot (material only)
The composite nature of bamboo means that it does not take quite as well to the staining coloration techniques that are often used to darken hardwoods, without detracting from their natural beauty. To get around this a carbonization process is used, where heat is applied to the bamboo to achieve a rich, dark, smoky color. The drawback to this is that the bamboo is slightly weakened by the process, making it less durable than its un-carbonized counterparts.
- Cost Of Bamboo Laminate Flooring (Engineered Bamboo): $1.30 - $4.00 per square foot (material only)
This material is manufactured by taking filler material and using it as a backing material. Then a thin sliver of bamboo is adhered to the surface. Finally, the surface is covered with an invisible wear layer that protects the material from stain, harms, and most water damage. The thickness of the wear layer and its quality is what usually determines the price with these engineered surface coverings.
- Floating Bamboo Flooring Prices: $1.79 - $3.29 (materials only)
The term “floating floor” just means that the materials are manufactured in such a way that they will click together, sticking to one another rather than adhering to the subfloor directly. The overall weight of the entire surface then holds the material down in place.
The installation method makes installing these floors fairly simple, even for an inexperienced amateur, which can save you on the cost of hiring a contractor. You also won’t need to purchase adhesives or nails and tools for the job. However, some people consider engineered flooring to be less desirable as far as adding value to a property.
Cost To Install Bamboo Flooring
With any flooring choice, you have to factor in the price of installing the material. In some cases, you will be able to do the work yourself and save some money. However, if you are unsure of the process, then you may want to hire an experienced professional to do the work rather than risk making a mistake and causing damage or waste.
- Professional Installation Costs: $20 - $40 per hour plus materials.
The minimum that a professional contractor will charge for almost any installation job will be $100. With smaller projects expect to pay more per square foot as there is time involved in travel and setup for the contractor. With larger projects, you may be able to negotiate a better deal.
Mitigating Factors To Bamboo Flooring Costs
The price of both materials and installation will vary based on where you are, the type of project you are undertaking, and how far the materials had to travel to get there. Some places may also offer premium materials or service options. Pricing things out online will give you a baseline that you can use to evaluate various quotes.
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- Solid, Engineered, and Strand Woven Bamboo
- The Pros And Cons Of Bamboo Floors
- Bamboo Floor Cleaning Instructions
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