Bamboo is the perfect alternative to typical hardwood flooring. The product is beautiful to look at and the bamboo plant grows 100 times quicker than hardwood trees because bamboo is actually a grass plant.
Even though it is a grass plant it still has very similar physical similarities to hardwood which is why this product is perfect for flooring. Bamboo is considered to be eco-friendly because of the quick rate that it spreads and grows.
It also has a resistance to insects and even moisture. Bamboo flooring hardness ranges between the softest hardwoods like red and white oak and can be harder than the hardest hardwoods depending on how the flooring is made.
Natural strand woven bamboo flooring is even harder than Hickory. The hardness of a wood for flooring is decided by using the Janka hardness test and scale.
There are many different types of bamboo flooring available to the consumer. The types will differ in different parts of the world and the type in a certain area will be decided by how the flooring is manufactured and preferences in that region.
Moso Bamboo is the most common variety of bamboo used to manufacture flooring. The Moso bamboo plant can grow as much as 4 in only one day and in a growing season of around 4 months the Moso plant can reach heights of around 80.
The trees that are traditionally used for manufacturing hardwood flooring can take anywhere from 20 to over 100 years to be mature enough to use for this application.
The fact that you do not have to replant bamboo after cutting the plants down because it just keeps sprouting up from the root system and its fast growth rate makes this plant a highly renewable and eco-friendly product.
In Southeast Asia bamboo used for flooring is cut so it is as flat as possible and then is attached or nailed to a sub floor of wooden beams or something similar.
You will find that the floors in Southeast Asia will have gaps between the bamboo strips which works good for air flow especially for houses built on stilts in the region.
In the western hemisphere bamboo flooring is not as pure as the flooring found in Asia because of the way it is manufactured.
Mature bamboo is sliced into strips and the correct length is also cut at this time. All of the outer skin and the nodes are removed and then the sugars in the bamboo needs to be boiled out using a solution of boric acid and sometimes lime.
After the bamboo is boiled it is then dried and then planed and the rest of the process is the same as other hardwood floorings.
You can get bamboo flooring that has urea-formaldehyde used in the lamination process and you can also get it without. If formaldehyde was used there is not usually much used, no more than other hardwoods and plywoods.
Bamboo flooring is manufactured like other hardwood flooring in planks. Natural bamboo color is extremely popular and goes very well with all kinds of furniture tastes.
Bamboo flooring is very durable and looks great anywhere. If you are considering installing bamboo floors you are making a good choice in regards to quality and that bamboo is eco-friendly and the price of the flooring really isnt that bad considering what you get for a finished product.