About Bamboo Hardwood Flooring

Ecology

Bamboo flooring is a great choice for both its beauty and its status as a green building product. Why is bamboo considered to be an Eco-conscious building material? Because unlike other wood flooring, bamboo is a woody reed that, unlike a tree, can spontaneously regrow after being harvested. The fact that it doesn’t have to be replanted coupled with its incrediblely fast regrowth makes bamboo a superior renewable resource. Instead of the years and decades that it takes a replanted forest to grow, bamboo groves can replenish themselves in under a year. Some species cman even grow as much as 24 feet in 24 hours.

Appearance

Bamboo is a naturally light colored material. When bamboo flooring first came on the market it was generally available in just two colors: natural and carbonized.

Carbonized bamboo has a medium honey-brown color. The term “carbonized” refers to the heating process by which the darker color is achieved. The natural sugars in bamboo, when heated, darken given the wood a consistent and permanent golden brown color.

With the growing popularity of bamboo, flooring manufacturers have introduced a wider variety of bamboo products. You can now buy bamboo flooring stained any color, you can even buy hand-scraped bamboo flooring.

Durability

It might surprise you that bamboo is remarkably hard and durable. It is true that a tradition bamboo floor is prone to shallow surface scratches. Even so, traditional bamboo flooring  is slightly harder than red oak. If scratches are a concern, then there is another option: woven strand bamboo. Woven strand bamboo flooring may be the best choice for families with pets and children. It is much less prone to surface scratches than traditional bamboo because it is twice as hard as red oak.

Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring

What is woven strand bamboo? Woven strand bamboo, or just strand bamboo, is a material that very hard. The harvested bamboo stalks are chopped and the fibers pressed together under intense heat and pressure. The result is a material that is 116% harder than red oak and 100% harder than traditional bamboo flooring.

Installation

Bamboo flooring products should be installed based on the manufacturer’s suggestion. You will find both glue-down/nail-down planking as well as click installation floors.

For the glue/nail down products, most contractors will recommend that DIY homeowners use glue over nails. Nails are particularly difficult to drive through bamboo planks, unless you have a professional grade, air-compressor powered nail gun.

For best results, find a local installer to do it for you.

Costs

Bamboo floors can cost as little as laminate or as much as traditional hard wood flooring, depending on the individual bamboo product.  We recommend you estimate flooring costs using a calculator like this one.

If you haven’t purchased the materials yet Lumber Liquidator’s has some great prices for bamboo flooring, ranging between $1.60 and $5.00 per square foot. Check them out!