Bamboo flooring is made from the bamboo plant. In fact, most of the bamboo for this type of flooring comes from Asia or China. The most commonly used variety of bamboo is the Moso bamboo from China and is actually a grass and not hardwood. These are used for flooring since they have similar characteristics as hardwood and cheaper too. They are strong, durable and eco-friendly, as well as resistant to moisture and insects. These floorings come in varying hardness based on the Janka hardness test. The Carbonized horizontal ones are rated at 1180 and the Natural bamboo flooring at 1380. On the other hand, the new technique of manufacturing has strands of bamboo which are woven, and these range from 3000 to even more than 5000 on the Janka hardness test.
Benefits of Bamboo Flooring
These bamboo floorings are ecologically friendly as they are made of natural vegetation. They are highly renewable resources and reach maturity between 3 to 5 years, unlike hardwood trees which take a minimum of 20 years in order to be harvested. Some hardwoods even take longer and average at 50-60 years.
- Easy Maintenance
The floorings are easy to maintain. All that is needed is regular sweeping or vacuuming to remove the debris. Occasionally, a damp mop can be used. They are more resistant to water damage as well as warping or stain when compared with hardwood floors. These floorings can be refurbished when they are discolored, marred or scratched. All that is needed is sanding down and then applying finishing coats on them.
Bamboo flooring is extremely hard, strong and durable and the un-carbonized bamboo is as durable as red oak and the woven strand bamboo is even harder. They are resistant to UV fading and they are also allergy-free. Additionally, they are retardant to termites, staining from chemicals, fire, sunlight, scratching or indentations.
Multiple coats of finishing are applied on bamboo flooring which gives them nonslip surfaces. There are different types of finishes which are available based on the choice of colors such as 65% gloss which is known as semi-gloss, satin finish which is 50% gloss and matt which has 30% gloss. These bamboo flooring come with warranties against delamination, manufacturing defects as well as premature wearing of the topcoat finish.
These floorings are trendy and elegant and have natural hues and the color is an integral part of the product. They have a feel and appearance similar to hardwood, yet it is distinct and different. These floors are available in dozens of different colors such as walnut, brown sugar, lime wash, coral reef, ghost gum and other such colors. They are also available in natural as well as carbonized or coffee colors.
- Range of Colors
The colors of these bamboo floorings are in the following families of colors – black, brown, gray, orange, red, tan and yellow. In these color families to these are available in light, dark and medium shades. There is dark oak, old oak, oak wheat, copper pot oak, mountain butternut, castle brown, super white, chocolate, pine, white, slate gray, charcoal, clear wheat, sandstone alder, brown hill alder, port oak, heritage walnut smoke, hickory hill autumn, leather, Arabica, lava, stormy white and many more. They are available in different styles as well such as contemporary, rustic and distressed, hand scraped as well as traditional.
It is for all these reasons that bamboo flooring is preferred to stone or tile floorings. However, one should not buy the extremely cheap bamboo floorings which are available in the market, as they are not of good quality. The bamboo flooring which cost the same or close to hardwood floors are the genuine products and these are what the homeowner should invest in.