4 Things You Didn’t Know About Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is attractive, low-cost, and eco-friendly. It is the newest type of flooring available which combines the best qualities of hardwood and then some. The fact that it is natural and sustainable makes it appealing for eco-conscious homeowners, while its affordability appeals to people on a budget. Here are 4 things you didn’t know about the latest popular flooring choice.

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It’s the world’s hardest floor

How? Looks can be deceiving. The simple bamboo plant grows quickly, but fast growth doesn’t tell us why bamboo flooring is so durable — just look at hardwood trees, which can take up to 100 years to fully mature. Because of its structure of cellulose and lignin in a dense outer layer and multiple segments, bamboo has a greater strength by weight than steel as well as greater tensile strength. Cellulose is plant fibre and lignin is a complex polymer. Both are insoluble and rigid, but lignin is more difficult to decompose than cellulose. The best species for building are Guadua Angustifolia (Guadua Bamboo) and Phyllostachys Edulis (Moso Bamboo).

There are different manufacturing methods

Not all bamboo flooring options are the same. What does this mean, exactly?

The two main types are traditional and carbonised bamboo. Both are listed as “wood” flooring options. However, when people talk about bamboo flooring being so durable, they are probably referring to carbonised bamboo. Not that uncarbonised bamboo is lacking — it’s as durable as red oak.

Traditional bamboo, also known as classic bamboo, can come in a vertical or horizontal style. The process of creating traditional bamboo flooring involves cutting the harvested bamboo into strips, sterilising them, and then curing them in drying ovens. Premium strips get stacked in layers and glued before being pressed into planks. It may or may not be pre-finished for wear resistance. It typically comes in light straw yellow or blonde shades and retains its natural texture and grain.

Carbonised or strand-woven bamboo undergoes a process in which heated strips of bamboo are separated into strands, woven together, and then compressed with high-pressure heat and resins. The heat treatment causes it to become darker with a variety of shades, which remain consistent throughout and allows for sanding and refinishing. Weaving reinforces it for strength and results in a flooring that is several times harder than traditional hardwoods. While it has more flexibility for colours and textures to fit different types of decor and hides scratches well, it is more expensive than traditional bamboo.

Bamboo flooring trends follow hardwood

Bamboo might as well be hardwood 2.0, although it’s technically a grass, because the latest trends for bamboo flooring tend to follow those of hardwood. While it looks exotic with simple beauty on its own, homeowners who wish to achieve different effects can mimic many hardwood textures such as distressing, parquet, white, grey and wide planks. Bamboo still has a recognisable look of elegance, which makes it perfect for modern decor.

It’s great for high-traffic buildings

Asia popularised bamboo with its durability for flooring and doors. It can withstand the compression of furniture and feet. It can also resist stains and spills and it’s incredibly easy to clean; you only need hardwood cleaner or wood soap. You won’t see many people who only have bamboo flooring in one room, either. They tend to have it through the whole house because it can suit any decor style, making it versatile for any sized abode. All of these qualities make it pet, child and foot-traffic friendly enough for family and commercial spaces alike.

No longer just a trend, bamboo flooring is like hardwood but better. It can be manufactured in various ways and made to mimic hardwood while being cost-effective and retaining its uniqueness. The fast-growing grass is sustainable, durable and adaptable. If you’re looking to replace your flooring, consider bamboo.

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5 Reasons for Choosing an Eco-Friendly Bamboo Floor

Bamboo is rapidly becoming a statement floor in homes and is especially favoured among environmentally-conscious homeowners. Compared to hardwood, bamboo is considered the sustainable alternative as well as a more cost-effective option. To tell you more about the properties of bamboo, we have listed our top 5 reasons for choosing this eco-friendly floor:

 

 

  • It is a Natural Product
    Bamboo grows naturally in native soils and in the right environment, does not require any fertilisers or pesticides for growth. Bamboo also produces 30% more oxygen than a forest of hardwoods covering the same size area.

  • It Grows Faster and is More Renewable Than Trees
    The speed that bamboo grows means it is ready to be harvested every 5-7 years. As a grass, it continues to grow naturally and requires no replanting. Hardwood trees on the other hand can take up to 20 years to fully mature and once cut down, take decades to grow back.

  • A Machine-Free Harvest
    Rather than use machinery, matured bamboo is hand-picked to prevent damage to the roots. This also conserves the bamboo forests and does not damage habitats or other plant life.

  • A Versatile Option
    After opting to install bamboo in your home, you can lay it in virtually any room over any subfloor. Though not waterproof, they are resistant to water and can, therefore, be installed in moisture-prone areas, as long as all spills are wiped immediately. They are also less sensitive to atmospheric changes so are great for Australian homes as they respond well to most climates.

 

 

If you are interested in finding out more about our range of bamboo floors, speak to one of our Floormania professionals or visit us in store today.