The Beauty of Bamboo Floors

December 31, 2007
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Installing Bamboo flooring your house gives an exotic look, but in a subtle way. People always notice how unusual and beautiful they are and wonder about their durability. They are beautiful, easy to care for and durable. Part of the attraction to bamboo is that they are a sustainable building material made from a readily renewable resource.

 

Popular Flooring option

 

What’s harder than hardwood? Grass, it turns out. Bamboo, made from the giant grass plants of the bamboo family is an increasingly popular flooring option due to their durability and good looks. There are three types including three colorized options.

 

Bamboo as a floor is harder than maple and up to two times harder than red oak. Furthermore, bamboo flooring is more resilient than most hardwoods, so it can absorb a greater impact without denting.

 

Why Choose Bamboo Flooring?

 

Bamboo start off as long tubes of bamboo stalks. These stalks are split into “fillets” which have the rounded inner and outer faces of the stalks. Fillets are milled flat on all sides, producing as a by-product long, thin strands of bamboo. These strands are used to make woven-strand bamboo flooring, discussed below. The trimmed strips of bamboo are cold-glued together in one of two ways. Each method has its aesthetic and structural advantages.

 

Horizontal & Vertical Bamboo Flooring

 

Horizontal bamboo flooring lays the strips side by side with their narrow dimensions glued together. This puts the broad face of the bamboo strip facing up, and gives the greatest exposure to the face grain and the “knuckles” or growth knobs on the bamboo. Horizontal bamboo flooring is glued in three cross-grained layers for thickness and strength. The longevity of bamboo flooring is determined by this thickness and strength.

 

Vertical bamboo flooring lays the strips on their narrow sides, gluing them together along the broader face. This exposes the edge grain of the bamboo and provides a one-layer flooring of adequate thickness.

 

Woven Strand Bamboo

 

The long, thin strands trimmed from the bamboo stalks form a unique flooring called “woven-strand” bamboo. The strands are literally woven together, impregnated with resin, and compressed under thousands of tons of pressure. The result is bamboo flooring with a beautiful pattern that is strong in all directions. Flooring is made from waste bamboo that would otherwise be burned.

 

Is woven-strand bamboo harder than the other two varieties? They’re all made from the same material, so the answer would seem to be no. But the amount and quality of the resin used to bind the strands of bamboo together make a big difference. An inferior resin may crack under high heels and dropped bowling balls. Historically, horizontal cut bamboo has been considered the hardest of the bamboo.

 

Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

 

Bamboo flooring has a lot of advantages as listed below:

 

  • It is easy to maintain and cleaning bamboo flooring is pretty much easy as all you need to do is just sweep the place regularly to keep the dust and debris away from the flooring and can also use some non-alkaline floor cleaner.

 

  • These types of flooring are more water-resistant than hardwood flooring also resistant to stains and damages.

 

 

  • Certain type of bamboo is quite strong and provide extreme durability. These natural and un-carbonized bamboo can be very strong and durable almost comparable to red oak for its durability.

 

  • Choosing bamboo for all your flooring needs is also becoming a trend nowadays and can add to the style quotient of your house to a great extent.

 

  • Even though if your floors gets discoloured or damaged over a period of time, you can still refinish it to get the original look again in no time.

 

Durability of Bamboo Flooring

 

The durability of bamboo is different from its hardness. Durability has much to do with the anti-scratch finish put on the flooring. Here again, lowest price often means lower quality. Generally, a high-gloss finish will show scratches more, while a satin finish will help hide scratches.

 

Bamboo flooring comes in natural, partially carbonized, and carbonized (or caramelized) colors. The bamboo is carbonized by boiling after it is split, trimmed, and dried. Natural is the lightest color while carbonized is the darkest. The more carbonized the bamboo is, the more its natural grain patterns show up. However, carbonized bamboo is not as hard as the natural bamboo.

 

Summary

 

Make sure while selecting bamboo flooringwith three layers,if the board width is eight inches or more. One-layer bamboo might tend to cup or warp. This is true for vertical as well as horizontal bamboo boards. These floors are considered an engineered flooring.These floors are made from a very tough, beautiful flooring material that comes from a rapidly renewable resource. It is certainly proving popular among residential and commercial customers.

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