20 Minute Assessment

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is slightly harder than hardwood. It’s usually nailed or glued to a plywood subfloor. Some products snap together and float over the subfloor.

The protective topcoat needs careful maintenance. Unless the bamboo is engineered, it can be refinished. While bamboo resists water a little better than hardwood, it’s more vulnerable to humidity.

Lifespan: 20-25 years

Step-by-Step Guide to Assessing Your Bamboo Flooring

Step 1: Check the floor for spongy or bouncy areas. Bamboo floors often squeak a little, but super-squeakiness or movement may indicate a problem with the floorboards, nails, or subfloor. If you find these, have a professional take a look.


Step 2: Cracks, warping, buckling, and large gaps could also indicate a problem with installation, humidity, or the subfloor. They can also create trip hazards. If you find these issues, fix them immediately.


Step 3: Small scratches and dents are normal, but you should reseal scratches that go through the finish as soon as possible. Check high-traffic areas, especially near doorways. You may need to refinish worn areas.


Step 4: Stained or damp areas could mean you have a water leak. Dampness can lead to rot or mold. Repair any ongoing leak ASAP. If the room smells earthy or musty, or you see stains on the floor or walls, you may have a mold problem.