Bamboo flooring is one type of floor covering that is produced from bamboo plants. The most common type of bamboo used for flooring is Bamboo Moso (Phyllostachys edulis). Lately, the use of bamboo flooring became popular. Many factors are causing homeowners to start using bamboo materials, such as because bamboo is strong, requires a cheaper price than hardwood, resistant to moisture, anti-termite, and it has a very distinctive pattern. In addition, bamboo regenerates only in less than 5 years so it is very environmentally friendly. This is different from other types of wood that takes more than 5 years to 20 years to be ready for harvest.
Bamboo products have various types based on patterns and colors produced, including:
- Carbonized Horizontal Bamboo Flooring.
- Carbonized Vertical Bamboo Flooring.
- Carbonized Horizontal Handscrapped Bamboo Flooring.
- Strand Woven Natural Bamboo Flooring.
- Strand Woven Carbonized Bamboo Flooring.
- Strand Woven Carbonized Handscrapped Bamboo Flooring.
- Strand Woven Tiger.
- Strand Woven Outdoor Decking.
- Stair Strand Woven Carbonized Hand Scrapped Bamboo Flooring.
There are several choices of bamboo flooring that you can choose. The first is a natural bamboo floor. It is made of bamboo stems pressed to become solid sheets. The initial process is a good quality bamboo shelled and thinly sliced using a special machine. After that, the bamboo is heated and soaked in a solution of boric acid to kill bacteria and microorganisms. The last stage is the sheets are glued together with glue, heated, and pressured to form a board. This natural floor produces natural patterns of bamboo that is so obvious. Natural bamboo flooring is easy to be sanded and re-polished to maintain the appearance. Even so, the durability is not so good because it does not use additional coatings so it is not suitable for use in areas that have high humidity, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
The second is the artificial bamboo floor. Although it is an artificial floor, it is still using bamboo as a mixture. Its layers are acrylic polyurethane as top coating and endurance guards, bamboo sheets, firs, plywood, and poplar. All these materials are glued together with special adhesive. Compared to the previous type, it has a higher resistance to water and moisture.
The third option is the molded bamboo floor. In the production process, bamboo is crushed and made into bamboo porridge by boiling using boric acid. After it becomes porridge, the fibers are mixed with adhesive and molded into the floor. The resulting display resembles an ordinary wooden floor. This floor is tougher and its durability is better, but it contains more chemicals that are quite harmful to the health of the inhabitants of the house.
Some of the advantages of bamboo for flooring are:
- In general, bamboo gets about 1200-1400 results on Janka Hardness Scale. This means bamboo is slightly harder than teak and oak trees.
- Rapid regeneration.
- The installation process of bamboo flooring is as easy and the same as the installation of other wooden floors.
- It has many variations of colors and beautiful patterns. You can choose any type of bamboo flooring you want and adjust to the color of your house wall.
Meanwhile, some disadvantages of bamboo flooring are:
- Bamboo flooring is more susceptible to bending than other wood species.
- Bamboo is prone to scratches from your pet’s nail scratches.
- Bamboo floors can only last 4-6 years if homeowners provide proper routine maintenance.
- It requires a broom made of nylon to maintain the quality of its looks.