Aesthetically pleasing, bamboo flooring has become a hot trend over the last ten years, being installed in residential and commercial environments. It is touted as being tougher than most common flooring timbers such as oak, yet comes from a fast-growing grass-type plant that regenerates in five years. Because bamboo plants take only about five years to mature, unlike many trees, which can take 50 years or more, bamboo is seen as environmentally sustainable.
Bamboo flooring typically is constructed in one of three different forms: horizontal, vertical or strand-woven.
Horizontal and vertical bamboo floors are considered to be engineered products, providing the look of bamboo but significantly strengthening floors by laminating the bamboo to a stronger wood species as a sub-layer.
Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring is made from kiln dried shredded bamboo fibres and resin as a binder, compressed into solid planks using heat and enormous pressure which makes it denser. It is harder than almost any other hardwood being 35% harder than Jarrah or Kwila. It has a dent resistance rating which far out performs other hardwoods, giving exceptional durability.
The cost is around the $90 per meter square mark, plus installation and underlay costs.
Quick•Step® Bamboo Flooring Brochure.
Ecodure Bamboo Flooring Brochure.