Traditional hardwood floorings have always been a symbol of stability, style and permanence. Durable as well as beautiful, discriminating builders and decorators have long been choosing wood. The recent addition of bamboo options to the market due to better harvesting practices and more environmental production has brought this material to the forefront of the eco-friendly building market and made it a contender in the flooring industry, with good reason.
Bamboo is considered one of the most rapidly renewable resources for wood on the planet. When cut, the root of the stalk stays underground to grow again, requiring no replanting and allowing for rapid re-growth. Plants grow to harvestable maturity within four to six years, making it the fastest growing plant used in flooring by far.
Compared to conventional hardwood flooring choices, bamboo is just as durable, if not more so in some cases. Due to its unique flexibility, in order to bend and move in the wind when it’s growing, this material is ideal for flooring purposes. During the production, the stalks are laminated into three unique styles. Choosing the right style for your needs is chiefly a matter of decorative choice, but there are unique strength and environment aspects for each variety as well.
One type of construction is vertical construction of the strips. These long thin strips are turned on their side, then laid next one another before being glued and pressed together to cure. It generally takes as many as 20 strips of bamboo to make up one vertical board. These boards give a linear, modern look, but are not considered the strongest of the construction techniques.
Boards can also be constructed using a horizontal construction, in which boards are stacked into three layers one on top of the other. This generally takes 15 strips to achieve. The strips are then pressed and glued together. This type of construction has the most traditional look of the plants, as the eyes, or knuckles, of the stalk are shown on the long side of the board.
The strongest form of bamboo construction is woven or stranded. In this type of production, the fiber strips are woven together and then compressed under intense pressure to form the boards. This is a very exotic look, and is also considered to be the most durable of all the bamboo flooring constructions, due to the intense pressure needed to create the boards.
No matter which board construction type you choose after making your comparison, you can be sure that your durable and stylish bamboo flooring will offer you many years of use since it is an ideal choice for those looking for the most eco-friendly and economical choice for wood flooring.