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Bamboo as a Flooring Option – Worth Considering

Bamboo as a Flooring Option – Worth Considering

If you have planned for your home’s renovation and are wondering which material to choose for your flooring, an option that might have been suggested to you is bamboo among others. Bamboo has become very much popular during past many years, and for good reasons. It’s durable, stylish and more affordable than other hardwood materials. If you want more information about bamboo flooring so that you can think more about it, here it is.

More about Bamboo as a Plant

Bamboo is one of world’s quickest-growing plants (up to a metre in a day) and can be harvested every 5 to 7 years, as opposed to hardwood species which can mature within 15 to 100 years. Plus, even after a bamboo stalk is cut down, the plant continues to grow; thus it can be harvested again after 5-7 years.

Bamboo flooring Perth, e.g., is popular also because it’s super strong and flexible.

How is Bamboo Flooring Made?

After bamboo stalks are harvested, they are sliced, cut lengthwise and their outer skin and knuckles are removed. Then they are boiled so as to remove pests and microbes, sugars and starch, then dried and planed. This is the step just before they are made into a flooring product.

Bamboo flooring is typically light-coloured. However it can be stained to achieve darker shades. A process known as carbonisation can also give it darker hues. Raw bamboo strips are pressure-steamed due to which a deeper, more intense colour like coffee or caramel is achieved.

Bamboo can be made to look more like wood by scraping its surface.

Types of Bamboo Flooring

Solid

Horizontal Grain

These are made from layers of thin flat bamboo strips that are pasted and pressed together forming a surface that resembles natural bamboo with the knuckle pattern.

Vertical Grain

These are formed from thin bamboo strips that are lined up and fused together vertically.

Strand-woven

These floors are made from shredded bamboo fibres that are glued together and compressed under heat and pressure. It resembles wood so much that you can hardly know that it’s bamboo.

Strand-woven  bamboo flooring

Engineered Bamboo

This is made by hiding several wooden layers adhered together under a top bamboo surface coated with a strong protective finish. The advantage of this flooring is that it looks and feels like solid bamboo but is more resistant to warping, swelling and cupping than the real stuff.

Bamboo is an eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, with non-slip and anti-static properties, insect-resistant, durable and affordable flooring material, although it has some disadvantages like tremendous energy expenditure in its shipping from Asia to Australia and other parts of the world, VOC emission from its adhesives, etc.

Weighing its pros against its cons, it’s certainly a flooring option worth considering. What do you think?

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