When it comes to flooring your house, there are plenty of options that each serve a purpose and setting. Bamboo flooring is a very common choice for home owners looking to renovate their home’s flooring. It’s both durable and sturdy as a flooring choice. Bamboo fibers are much longer than timber fibers, giving it a great strength. It’s light in color when unfinished and attractive to the eye.
Bamboo’s color compliments furniture and upholstery nicely. People have also turned to bamboo since it’s sustainable, eco-friendly and renewable. Bamboo flooring is harvested and manufactured in China. The bamboo that is used in flooring is called moso bamboo. Bamboo continues to grow after it has been cut so erosion is never an issue for bamboo cultivators. Once harvested, the bamboo is spit into 2 meter sections called “fingers”. The bamboo is then carbonized. Carbonizing is when the raw bamboo fibers are steamed under high pressure in order to carbonize the water and sugar inside the bamboo. This is done to give the bamboo a warm, coffee like color once it is finished. These strands are then dried in a low heat kiln. Next, the strands are soaked in water based, eco-friendly glue. They are dried, then placed in a mold and compressed under immense pressure to form a solid beam.
Another common choice for buyers is laminate flooring options. Like bamboo, it too is very durable and cost efficient. It is a synthetic, layered flooring which has an inner core of melamine and/or fiber board materials.