26 Feb How Bamboo Hardwood Flooring Is Made
When bamboo is manufactured and handled properly, the flooring is easily maintainable, eco-friendly and a great choice for your environmentally friendly home.
However, there have been a few worries in the industry about chemical usage in Bamboo flooring. But, when you choose bamboo floors from Flooring By Design we only have the highest quality from the most trustworthy manufacturers to ensure you’re getting the best flooring.
What is Bamboo?
Bamboo is technically a form of grass, but has quickly become a flooring industry favourite. Bamboo is a plant that grows very quickly and up to four feet per day. There are 1,000 species of bamboo that are usually found in Asia and they grow in a variety of soils and climates.
Bamboo is usually harvested in four to six years but can be harvested in as little as three years. When harvesting bamboo it doesn’t ruin the plant it actually remains healthy.
Here is how the bamboo is harvested:
– The green outer hull of the bamboo is removed and the stalk is trimmed into long fillets (strips).
– Milling the bamboo along the outer sides creates a flat strip which is for future flooring.
– The fillets are then dried and boiled to remove excess moisture, natural sugars and starches.
– Now you’re able to darken the bamboo through a carbonization process.
– Once everything is completed, the bamboo is ready to be inspected and given a grade of A or B.
Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring
The strands that remained (in the milling stage) are cut from the long bamboo fillets. What makes bamboo flooring environmentally friendly is the scraps from the bamboo are made into strand woven flooring. This is achieved by taking thin strands of left over bamboo and weaving them together into patterns while compressing them with a resin to create stunning flooring. Strand woven flooring is durable, scratch resistant, UV resistant, and moisture resistant. It’s even harder than other bamboo flooring options.
In the final stage of creating bamboo flooring, you still use the tongue and groove system just like traditional hardwood flooring. This ensures a smooth surface and is a snug fit. Aluminum oxide (which is generally regarded as safe for homes) is applied to protect the bamboo and make it more resistant to damage from daily use.
Contact us now at (705) 734-3995 or visit us at our showroom in Barrie to check out our full line of Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring – Or, fill out the form in our Contact Us section on our website.