Bamboo Floors as Alternative Natural Flooring
Bamboo floors may be an alternative of the natural flooring beside the hardwood flooring that is more popular. There are some kinds of floors from bamboo in the market based on the color. What are they? The first is natural bamboo that has the natural color of bamboo. The second is carbonized bamboo with darker color from caramel or honey to light coffee that is gained from adding carbon to the steam chamber when the bamboo is pressured and steamed after stripping. The last is the stained bamboo that is produced by adding many colors in stained form.
Bamboo floors surfaces can also be finished or unfinished. Besides that, based on the construction there are also three types. First is horizontal construction where bamboo strips are placed into three layers on top of one another. A board usually contains 15 strips of bamboo that are pressed together. Second is vertical construction where bamboo strips are laid next to one another on their side and pressed together. Usually a board made from 19 strips of bamboo, but it’s less durable than the horizontal construction.
Bamboo floors construction that is claimed to be the most durable is the third type, the strand-woven bamboo construction that is made by compressing the strands of bamboo fibers under intense pressure to form the floorboards. Besides that, in bamboo flooring the other aspect to consider is if the flooring is solid or engineered. Solid bamboo flooring only consists of pure bamboo strips pressed together to create the floorboards. It can only be glued or nailed on the subfloor. Whereas, engineered bamboo flooring consists of bamboo strips on top of the plank layered with wood underneath make it stronger. It can be glued, nailed, or floated to the subfloors.
The Pros and Contras of Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo floors considered as natural flooring. But, are they really that environmental friendly? In the plus aspects, bamboo is a highly renewable resource because it is able to mature in three to five years, faster than hardwood trees that can take up to twenty years or more. It is also more water resistant than the wood flooring. But, in the minus side it is that bamboo planks are manufactured by shredding the stalk of the bamboo then stick the pieces together using heat, pressure, and a resin based adhesive that can release volatile organic chemicals into the air over time.