Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is good choice for your floors because it looks like hardwood flooring But it is a plant that grows at a very fast rate making it a renewable resource versus the growth of trees which makes up hardwood flooring. Botanically classified as a grass, bamboo matures into a merchantable size in three to five years compared with 50 to 100 years for most hardwood species. The appearance of bamboo is very similar to wood flooring. It comes in vertical and flat-grain patterns and generally is offered in a light, honey or natural color and a darker, amber “carbonized” color. Bamboo flooring can be nailed or floated and its strength and dimensional stability compare very well with traditional wood flooring.

Bamboo is a fast-growing grass used in building for centuries in the Pacific Rim. Bamboo used for flooring is harvested from bamboo forests mostly in the Hunan province in China. If harvested after three years, the cutting process does not adversely affect the plant. After harvest, the round, hollow bamboo stems are sliced into strips, boiled in water with a preservative, pressed flat, and processed into laminated boards. To achieve the dark amber color, the bamboo is pressure steamed and undergoes carbonization. The adhesive used to laminate the flooring is a urea-formaldehyde resin. Grain patterns include both vertical and flat grain configurations.

The appearance of bamboo is very similar to wood flooring. It comes in vertical and flat-grain patterns and generally is offered in a light, honey or natural color and a darker, amber “carbonized” color. Bamboo flooring can be nailed or floated and its strength and dimensional stability compare very well with traditional wood flooring.

Another good reason to use bamboo flooring is the density of it making it resistant to foot traffic, dings and dents. Bamboo is similar to oak in the way it resists dents and more dimensionally stable than most hardwoods species. Bamboo flooring comes pre-finished or unfinished and can be dyed or stained on site.

COST:

The cost to have bamboo installed ranges anywhere from $4-8 per square foot.

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