Strand Bamboo Flooring

Can you use bamboo for floors? To be able to answer this question, you need to take a look at the different types of bamboo flooring. The first one is the horizontal grain type that features the traditional bamboo knuckle pattern repeatedly throughout the planks. The vertical planks have a similar appearance to long and linear hardwood grain with almost no knuckle pattern visible. The hand-scraped variety has random hand-applied "texturizing" effects over horizontal grain to give it a rustic and aged look. Lastly, strand bamboo flooring has the appearance of flowing hardwood grain fibers with minimal variation, which gives it a more contemporary look. This type is also the most similar to hardwood floors. Strand bamboo flooring is likewise the most durable among all the types of bamboo flooring and comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes which make it a popular choice for those who plan to use the planks in a variety of ways.

Durability of Bamboo

Because bamboo is actually a grass, and not a tree, most people feel that it is not durable enough to be used as a substitute for wood. This is a common misconception that hopefully, will soon be erased from people's minds. Strand bamboo flooring is not only attractive to look at; it is also hardy enough for daily use. These planks go through an intense manufacturing process to ensure that it is at par with traditional wood when it comes to strength, durability, and resistance to moisture and insects. When it comes to hardness, strand bamboo flooring is not that far behind as it can range from 1180 to 1380 on the Janka hardness test depending on whether it has undergone any carbonizing process or not.

Effects on the Environment

One of the reasons that bamboo flooring has become so popular lately is that it is considered to be more eco-friendly than hardwood. To start with, since bamboo grows faster than wood; you will be able to harvest more bamboo in a shorter period of time. Bamboo takes 3 to 5 years to reach full maturity which makes it ready for harvest while trees will require anywhere from 20 to 120 years to reach the same level. This is the reason why a lot of trees are prematurely cut down. When bamboo is harvested, there is no need to replant as the root system is left intact so you just have to wait for it to grow back; sadly this is not the case for trees. In addition to that, the Rhizome root system that is used by the bamboo plant holds the soil in place and prevents erosion. Another point in its favor is that there is no need for irrigation, pesticides, and fertilizer as long as the bamboo stays in its natural environment. A bamboo forest also seizes 70% more carbon per year as compared to a hardwood forest, which helps keep the carbon footprint low. Bamboo production has also met the standards for environmental sustainability and social responsibility from the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

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