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With growing consumer environmental awareness, interest in strand woven bamboo flooring has soared. As an attractive and sturdy alternative to hardwood flooring, bamboo is tough to beat.
Strand woven bamboo flooring is superior in hardness which offers far less maintenance and damage often caused by household items. Strand woven bamboo flooring is a natural renewable source which means unlike timber flooring where trees are cut down and can never grow back, bamboo will reshoot and grow back in no time at all.
Strand woven bamboo flooring due to its density provides such a quiet floor to walk and live on. Floating floors can be noisy to walk and live on, but not strand woven bamboo flooring, you'll be impressed with the quietness. Strand woven bamboo flooring also insulates your house through summer and winter, unlike other types of flooring such as laminate, engineered timber flooring, vinyl, tiles or carpet. Strand woven bamboo flooring will not move much at all, unlike other types of timber flooring that can show signs of gapping excessively through the colder months.
Strand woven bamboo flooring can also be laid over uneven floors.
What is Bamboo?
Bamboo is a type of grass with a woody, hollow stem that consists of an extremely hard substance. Since it is fast-growing and can grow in dense conditions, it is considered one of the best renewable resources on the planet.
China is one of the few countries in the world rich in bamboo resources and is the largest producer of bamboo products in the world. Bamboo use in China dates back over 4,000 years. The flexibility and durability of bamboo products is what made the material very popular and reliable. Many ancient cultural artifacts for daily production and living were made from bamboo, as were the earliest suspension bridges in China.
Environmentally friendly and a ecologically sustainable product
Bamboo's environmental benefits arise largely out of its ability to grow and spread quickly without the need for fertilizers, pesticides or much water, reaching maturity after six to seven years (compared to 10-30 years for timber hardwood species). Bamboo has a very extensive rooting system, from which new bamboo grows after harvesting. It is so fast-growing that it can yield 20 times more timber than trees on the same area.
Harder than Oak and Maple Hardwoods
Bamboo flooring is stronger, denser and more stable than many hardwoods. Janka ratings have shown strand woven bamboo to be 13% harder than maple and 27% harder than northern red oak, on average. Bamboo expands and contracts 50% less than timber and is 99% termite safe.
Not Easy to Shrink, Swell or Curve
Bamboo fibers are vertical, meaning they are processed in the same direction as the fibers. This reduces the opportunity for moisture absorption compared with traditional woods where the fibers are round. In the process of making strand woven bamboo flooring the bamboo is steamed and dried to reach the moisture at to 8-10%, which prevents curving after installation and also anti-mildew. Due to this unique process, the bamboo will maintain it's great look year after year.
Installation is quick and simple
Like its timber counterparts, bamboo flooring shows variations in color across the laid floor. It has a huge advantage however over traditional timber flooring in that sanding and sealing is not required on installation, so it is ready to walk on immediately.