OUR BAMBOO PRODDUCTS
• In the last few years the Bamboo style of Hardwood has become very popular throughout homeowners and businesses and has slowly, but surely, placed itself at the top of the Hardwood Flooring market. If you are considering to buy bamboo floors for your home, then you will probably want to read our Bamboo Hardwood Flooring introduction and overview.bamboo-floor-samples
WHAT IS BAMBAOO FLOORING ?
• The Bamboo plant is not considered as a type of wood, at least not from a botanical point of view. Bamboo Plant is more accurately defined as a type of grass and is definetely not a hardwood species. The bamboo plant has had a large increase in it's popularity throughout the Flooring Industry, thanks to it's stregth, durability and structural stability. Bamboo floors have been used for already thousands of years in the construction industry in Asia, and now the western markets of the United States and Europe have discovered the benefits behind Bamboo Flooring.
TYPES OF BAMBOO FOORS:
• There are two main styles of Bamboo Floors. The first one is the Natural Bamboo Floor, which has a very bright color, and is similar to maple color or birch color. The second main style of bamboo flooring is called Carbonized Bamboo Floor. This style is darker than the natural bamboo color and can look like a dark oak color. Both bamboo floor types come either with a horizontal structure or with a vertical structure.
• There is another style of Bambo which is called Strand Woven Bamboo which comes both in Natural Strand Woven Bamboo Color and in Carbonized Strand Woven Bamboo Color. Strand Woven Bamboo is manufactured to gain a stronger and tougher floor. This style is much tougher than Natural Bamboo Floor and Carbonized Bamboo Floor. One of the more positive aspects of Bamboo Flooring is the immense variation in styles and colors that is available.
• Since Bamboo is a natural wood, it's color varies and there is no way to change it. Although the color variation is not customizable, a lot of customers still choose Bamboo style, for it posses a very unique color and holds many different advantages that other hardwood flooring styles don't have.
HOW IS BAMBOO FLOOR MANUFACTURED?
• Most bamboo floors that are sold in the United States come from the Hunan province in China, also known as The Bamboo Sea, notorious for it's immense Bamboo forests. After three years growing, the bamboo logs become “dead weight” and are ready to be harvested. The Bamboo Species, usually used for bamboo flooring, is called Mao (or Moso).
• All of our Bamboo Floors are made from completely mature bamboo plants, aged at least 6 years. This process guarantees more stability and durability over time. The manufacturing of Bamboo Floors begins with slicing the bamboo pieces into very thin strips of equal dimensions. Natural Bamboo Floors strips need to be boiled, in order to eliminate sugars, starch and insects from the product.
• Carbonized Bamboo Floor strips must go through a process called Carbonization. In this process the bamboo strips are steamed under pressure, this is what gives the Carbonized Bamboo a darker color, but it also reduces the overall toughness of the bamboo floor.
• After this purifying process, the bamboo strips go to a kiln dry, which reduces the moisture levels of the bamboo wood. At this stage, before the gluing process, the bamboo is usually treated with preservative materials.
• The next stage consist of gluing the bamboo strips together. The glue used for this process is usually a Urea-Formaldehyde (UF) Adhesive. The bamboo strips are then pressed by a machine with pressure levels of more than 1200 PSI. This process makes it so that the Bamboo strips connect and attach to a hardwood board. In this binding process, strips that are assembled face up create a Horizontal floor construction, while strips that are assembled side by side result in a Vertical Floor construction. Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring is stronger and tougher than Natural and Carbonized bamboo flooring. Its durability is gained through a pressing and gluing process, where the Bamboo strips are exposed to extremely high pressure, even higher than natural bamboo flooring.
• The last stage of manufacturing bamboo floor is of course the finishing and milling process. After coating the bamboo with 8 Layers of Aluminum Oxide, the raw boards go into a milling process. The end product is a Prefinished Bamboo Floor Plank, constructed exactly like the other hardwood floors, using the tongue and groove profile to facilitate the floor installation.
CAN I REFINISH MY BAMBOO FLOOR?
Simple Answer – Yes! All Bamboo Floors can be re-finished and re-sanded again, depending on the thickness of the specific floor style. Bamboo floors can also be stained with another color by using a wood stain. Note that it is not recommended for you to refinish your own bamboo hardwood floor or any other hardwood floor, unless you are a professional in this industry.
BAMBOO FLOORING INSTALLATION TIPS:
• It can be Nailed or Stapled Down, using a Nail gun or Staple gun. Bamboo flooring can also be glued-down using Flooring Adhesive. It is not recommended to use water based adhesive with a bamboo floor. BOSTIK ADHESIVES would be the best choice for gluing down your own bamboo floor – a leading brand in hardwood floor adhesives. Bostik Adhesives can be glued down directly to concrete slabs, just like engineered hardwood floors.
• It is recommended to let the bamboo acclimate to the rooms temperature and humidity (where it is being installed), by leaving the hardwood boxes open for at least three days before initiating the floor installation. It is also strongly advised to check the installation room for prior moisture, for moisture can cause the bamboo flooring to crack and cup, which will eventually ruin the entire floor.