1. Compared to hardwood flooring, what are the virtues of bamboo flooring?
Compared to hardwood flooring, bamboo flooring has many virtues. First of all, bamboo flooring is an environmentally friendly product, and the growing season of bamboo is much shorter than the decades of hardwood forests to mature. Each year, a “mother tree” makes several new stems that grow to full length in a few months to develop and hardness in about five years, so bamboo flooring has abundant natural resources.
Secondly, bamboo flooring has higher hardness, so it is more durable than hardwood flooring.
Thirdly, bamboo flooring can be installed in a short time and is very convenient (as it comes ready and finished, there is no need for polishing, sanding, and additional finishing like hardwoods, which take up to months to install). Once installed, it can be nailed or glued down with glue. Except for the above, bamboo flooring has a better grain and is more elegant and graceful than hardwood flooring.
2. What kind of finish does bamboo flooring use, and what are its virtues?
Bamboo floors are finished with seven coats of 100% solids cured, UV urethane, which makes the floors resistant to abrasion, chemicals and stains, fire, indentation, and oiling. Besides, bamboo floors with such special finishes have another great virtue in electrostatic prevention.
3. How strong is bamboo flooring?
When tested according to the National Wood Flooring Association Test (Janka Ball Hardness Test), it shows an average hardness of 1320 PSI compared to northern red oak. The carbonization process reduces the result to 1010 PSI, the strength of walnut.
4. Why is bamboo flooring becoming more and more popular?
Bamboo flooring is made from renewable and recyclable natural resources. Buildings, barns, boats, and other structures made of bamboo often find a second life in bamboo flooring, decorative panels for walls, openings, and ceilings, and bamboo flooring is a good choice for a healthy home.
5. Why choose bamboo flooring over wood flooring?
Bamboo is not a tree but a fast-growing grass. The species used for flooring is sustainably harvested from selected forests in South Asia. It takes only three to five years to grow, so one hectare of bamboo can provide more flooring than an acre of trees. Cutting bamboo shoots does not destroy the roots, and fresh new sprouts grow in their place. Bamboo has a dense root mass that helps prevent soil erosion and offers a viable opportunity for hillside harvesting where other crops cannot grow.
Bamboo is harder than many hardwoods and requires minor sanding and finishing, making it an excellent choice for high-traffic residential and commercial applications. Bamboo has a long straight fiber composition, providing exceptional strength to weight ratio and dimensional stability.
Bamboo has an only straight grain and is not subject to stripping, leaving splinters and problems common to the cut and often uneven grain alignment of many forests. The growth nodes, light color, and straight grain of bamboo give it its exotic appearance. Bamboo has a high mineral content making it more durable and fire-resistant than hardwoods.