Have you ever heard about the secrets of Bamboo? It is the best on grace and character as well. Bamboo trees are strong, they are well-known by its durability but also for its flexibility. As we have mentioned on previous posts, Bamboo has become one of the most popular flooring options to incorporate into households. Since Bamboo is configured with a natural surface it allows you to install it almost everywhere.
What FinishBuild loves about Bamboo flooring besides it clean and lean appearance, it’s the fact that is an eco-friendly product. Bamboo trees are highly renewable which is able to grow to maturity in a period ranged from three to five years. Even though Bamboo flooring products are relatively easy to maintain, and highly resistant to water damage, stains, you can find a wide variety of types. This set is generally based on how strong, hard, and durable the Bamboo is. Natural, un-carbonized Bamboo for instance, can be as durable as red oak. Strand woven bamboo can be manufactured even harder than that.
Types of Bamboo Flooring Materials
1. Vertical-grain floorboards: Bamboo vertical-grain have as its name suggests a more linear and uniform look, it is made from layers of flat thin strips of bamboo that are glued and pressed together, creating a surface that resembles bamboo in its natural state.
2. Carbonized Bamboo Flooring: This Bamboo material has the particular touch of more dark kinds, which is completed by staining the surface or through a process called carbonization, where pressure-steaming strips goes on raw bamboo, which causes the material (not just the surface) to take on a deeper, richer color, like creamy caramel or coffee. This carbonized Bamboo flooring material is very popular among the ones who like the nature touch of Bamboo but with a more rustic appearance due to the wood look.
3. Strand-woven solid bamboo: This is what FinishBuild considers the strongest type of bamboo flooring. Its secret relies on the manufacturing process, made from shredded bamboo fibers that are fused together with an adhesive and compressed using heat and pressure to create a solid plank. Generally these tablets are cut down into hard solid planks and sanded so that a color treatment. Even though it is state as the heavy-duty bamboo flooring, it is also impregnated with glue which is known as commonly toxic.
Strand-woven solid Bamboo has the benefit of the tongue-and-groove system for installation purposes. Therefore just as any other laminate flooring material like traditional timber floors of this kind, can be fastened to a variety of subfloors such as, plywood, concrete, tiles or an existing timber floor.
4. Engineered bamboo: This kind is compound of several layers of wood, such as, plywood or HDF that are bonded together with adhesives, heat and pressure, hidden behind a top layer of bamboo veneer and covered with a strong, protective finish. The goodness of these kind is that it looks and feels like solid bamboo but highly steady. Thanks to its resistant to swelling, warping and cupping when exposed to heat or moisture, engineered Bamboo flooring can be glued or nailed down, they are also accessible as snap-lock floating-floor systems.
What you should know about Bamboo Materials
On one hand, Bamboo flooring besides being known for its nature benefits is also hypo-allergenic which makes it ideal for people who suffer from allergy and asthma. On the other hand, nevertheless, recent studies have shown that there is an increasing emission of VOC’s which corresponds to the adhesive.
FinishBuild must let you know that this adhesive can release organic chemicals into the air of an interior space over time. Most bamboo floors have this adhesive in them, although the level of adhesive used, and the amount of VOC’s emitted will vary depending on how the planks are manufactured.
Regarding carbonization Bamboo materials, despite the fact this process can transform the natural tone of bamboo into a darker shade, it also weakens the material, resulting in floorboards that look good but are not structurally stable as bamboo flooring that has been stained with a natural finish.
To sum up, due to its construction, Bamboo flooring can be a very nice option in order to contribute to Mother Earth; however for industry purposes it might be highly recommendable to study the options for which material can go with your requirements. Bamboo as a natural material is more stable than traditional timber floors, which means it would not reduce its size due to weather factors, swell and warp as much as other laminate products when exposed to heat, moisture or humidity.
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