Trinity Bamboo Flooring Review

Trinity Bamboo Flooring Review

Is Trinity Bamboo Flooring the best bamboo you’ve never heard of? Or does this shop-at-home option lacking some key components?

Sometimes you’d just rather not set foot in a showroom and have to deal with a pushy sales person so you can check out a few samples. Yet, ordering online is also a pain because it’s so hard to know what you are getting from tiny floor swatches on a computer screen.

Imagine that you can get a beautiful and durable bamboo floor for a decent price and see the product samples in your home without ever taking off your pajamas. Seem too good to be true? Let’s find out.

Appearance

Trinity Bamboo offers a variety of strand woven, horizontal, and vertical options in three different texture types. The neutral color palette is typical of most bamboo flooring—brown, copper, red, chocolate, gold, taupe, and a couple gray tones.

The smooth collection is low-gloss with almost no texture and available in natural colors in engineered and solid formats only. This creates a contemporary feel and sets a neutral backdrop for more colorful interior design options.

Keep in mind that smooth finishes tend to show footprints, scratches, and dust more quickly than other types. If you have kids or pets, you may want to opt for a finish with more texture.

The antiqued collection would be a good option for this scenario. This style features hand scraping and hand-tooled antiquing that showcases the natural grain patterns and textures of the bamboo. This ranges from medium texturing up to a fully reclaimed look that will hide moderate wear and tear.

If you aren’t quite on board with that much texture, but don’t want your floor completely smooth, the wire-brushed texture may be right up your alley. It features minimal texture and a low-gloss finish that enhances the grain and color without going overboard. This look works well in just about any space from classic to modern and does a good job of hiding wear.

Many of Trinity Bamboo’s flooring styles and colors are now available in a lightly wire-brushed format.  This lightly textured flooring has micro-beveled edges and a low-gloss coating for a delightfully organic and natural aesthetic.

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Construction and Durability

Trinity manufactures their flooring out of high-quality strand bamboo in both engineered and solid formats. All collections have 6’ long by 5-1/2” wide and ½” thick planks. Each features a four-sided micro bevel for a tight fit.

The engineered format features 3-ply engineered structure with an 8mm poplar HDF core with a 2.5mm Strand Bamboo veneer mounted on a 1.5mm base layer of Poplar. The plank side-joints are milled with a UNICLIC® L2C locking system for an easy angle-tap install.

Whereas the solid format features solid strand woven bamboo construction and is milled on all four edges with a tongue and groove profile for nail or glue-down Installations.

Like other types of bamboo flooring, choosing a strand-woven bamboo over a vertical or horizontal oriented strand will give you the most durability. Strand-woven bamboo is manufactured by weaving the bamboo fibers together with resins then placing it under intense heat and pressure. The result is a flooring product that is harder than oak.

However, even Trinity’s vertical and horizontal options get a huge durability boost with eight coats of factory UV-cured polyurethane with an aluminum oxide wear layer. This finish technique creates one of the most durable finishes you could ask for on a wood floor.

Trinity offers an impressive warranty package and guarantee on all their bamboo flooring products. This includes a 50-year residential and 5-year light commercial warranty. You do not often find commercial warranties on bamboo flooring.

These warranties cover things like product failure and delamination but does not cover damage, stains, wear discoloration, or failure due to improper installation.

It’s also important to note that bamboo flooring is not waterproof and therefore not recommended for wet areas.

Overall, Trinity bamboo is a very durable product and would be a good choice if you are looking for a long-lasting, premium hardwood floor on a budget.

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Eco-Friendliness

Bamboo flooring tops the list of popular eco-friendly floors. It’s created from bamboo grass which renewable resource as it can be harvested repeatedly without harming the root structure.

However, some bamboo flooring has come under fire in recent years as concerns over indoor air quality have grown. Specifically, formaldehyde, among other chemicals, both naturally occurring and historically used in the manufacturing process may cause health problems at elevated levels. Imported flooring goods manufactured abroad have received the most scrutiny for this issue.

Thankfully, there are rigid standards set by multiple non-profit organizations and state legislation that protect consumers from potentially harmful products. Some of these include the CARB-2 compliance standards and FloorScore.

Unlike many of their competitors Trinity bamboo flooring is made in a small factory in Washington state. Trinity products are also FloorScore rated, exceed CARB-2 standards, and Lacey Act Certified for sustainably harvested natural products.

Want to learn more about how flooring products and other common household items impact our indoor environments? Check out https://www.scsglobalservices.com/services/floorscore and https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/homepage

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Ease of Installation

If you are planning to DIY your install, you may want to consider the engineered floating floor option. While it’s not as simple as a click-together vinyl plank, an intrepid homeowner with a few successful projects under their belt should be able to tackle this project without issue.

However, if you have your heart set on a solid bamboo floor or would like your engineered bamboo direct glued, you may want to consider hiring a pro. A flooring professional will have a better handle on the special fasteners and tools needed as well as jobsite considerations for a high-quality installation.

You can also install Trinity bamboo over a radiant heating system if you use the floating method. This is not a project that a novice should do, and you should have both a flooring installer and a licensed electrician working tandem on this project.

It’s much more enjoyable to have warm feet without the fear of your house catching on fire.

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Cost

Typically, you must go through all the steps to purchase your new flooring from an authorized retailer. Trinity bamboo flooring lets you cut out the middle man and purchase from them directly. This is how they can offer their premium product per square foot for less than the price of a large latte.

Whether you want the engineered or solid format, you are looking at a bamboo price of $4.25 per square foot. Matching trims and floor vents are also available in stock that range from $50-150.

If you weren’t happy with just the price alone, they also offer free shipping with indoor delivery on all orders over $500 within the continental US. Many companies will charge you nearly that much in freight and just drop it at your curb.

From clothing to curtains, it’s tough to buy stuff online. Trinity offers a free sample program, so you can skip the showroom and make sure it’s going to look great in your space before spending your hard-earned cash.

Flooring installation is usually where most of the money goes. An engineered or solid bamboo will run about the same as other engineered or solid wood floors with the floating click method being slightly less expensive. As always, getting your hands dirty with that DIY will save you some money.

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The Verdict

There are countless bamboo flooring options on the market, but Trinity Bamboo’s offerings are downright impressive.

What’s not to love about the DIY engineered click option as well as stocked matching trims and free samples? Everything from the sophisticated color palette to the ultra-durable construction and aluminum oxide finish says this floor should probably cost a small fortune.

Surprisingly, it doesn’t. In fact, you don’t have to give up your lattes and you can continue to sit and sip while they deliver your new Trinity Bamboo flooring right into your home.

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Sarah Williamson

About Sarah Williamson

Sarah is a self-described “flooring nerd” with over a decade of building industry experience including installation, estimation, and sales. She thrives on finding unique solutions to interior design challenges and sharing her love of creating inspired spaces through writing.

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