The Beauty of Bamboo Floors

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.




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.

9 thoughts on “The Beauty of Bamboo Floors

  1. I posted a comment a week or so ago about bamboo flooring and I can’t seem to find the comment section. We are trying to decide between bamboo and maple, we will be using it in the kitchen, dining room, hall and family room, about 750 square feet total. We have eight children, so we do get a lot of wear and tear. You had said to get an unfinished bamboo and seal it ourselves, what did you recommend to seal it? Also, in your opinion, would the maple be a better fit than the bamboo. We have an opportunity to purchase Teragren for $1.95 sq/ft., unfinished from a local dealer or the maple from lumber liquidators for $1.70 sq/ft., also unfinished, but we will probably have to pay for shipping, so the both floors would probably end up being about the same amount. Thank you for your advice and help!! I appreciate it!

  2. We are getting ready to put down bamboo in our home and are worried a bit about having dogs and if there were to be a potty accident what whould happen to the floor as far as leaking through. Or id there a way to seal the floor once its laid down to seal the seams.

  3. Hi Laurie,
    It depends. If the bamboo is prefinished, then you probably can’t put anything over it to seal it without voiding the warranty. Then, you have to find out what the flooring is finished with and investigate what type of sealer is safe to use with it – assuming you don’t care if you void your warranty or not. Potty accidents aren’t good on the floor and will get into the seams if not sealed. The acidic urine may also ruin any additional floor finish you apply as well. The most important thing with any flooring is to clean up any messes quickly, thereby lessening the chance of any damage.

  4. Yes, bamboo flooring has really began to enjoy great popularity. strand bamboo flooring stands out from the rest for its sustainability. I wanted to have a durable and at the same time fashionable flooring and I got it!

  5. I just put down bamboo flooring from Home Depot. The box says not to clean with any products, not to damp mop, etc, but does not say if you can seal it or not. My friend thinks I should seal it. Any thoughts?

  6. I have a chance to buy some 3/8″ thick solid bamboo flooring at a very good price. Would you recommend this because of the thickness? I can’t seem to find any advice about recommended thickness for bamboo floors.

  7. Sharon,
    Bamboo as a floor is harder than maple and up to two times harder than red oak. I would think that the 3/8″ would be fine to use on your floors. I would suggest calling the manufacturer and asking them about using that thickness. They should be able to provide you with details.

  8. We just bought a house that has bamboo floors. We found one plank that has a small crack in it, about 1 cm in size. Is there a sealant or filler that would be good to prevent the crack from getting worse? Thanks!

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