Posted: August 26, 2009 2:01 PM
Bamboo is not actually made from hardwood floor material, but rather
natural bamboo grass strove together to create the density and
durability of an every day hardwood floor. Bamboo Flooring has become
the trending choice for hardwood flooring enthusiasts as the actual
plant itself is a renewable energy resource which can be re-harvested
every five years for optimum environmental benefits. It may take other
wood species over one-hundred years to reach the same levels of
maturation. Bamboo floors have been used for already thousands of years
in the construction industry in Asia, and now the western markets in
the United States and Europe have recently discovered the benefits
behind Bamboo Flooring.
Bamboo Flooring Variety
There are several type of bamboo floors each created a little bit
differently. Bamboo Flooring types are available with both a horizontal
and vertical structure.
Strand Woven Bamboo is manufactured to gain a stronger and
tougher floor. This type of floor creates a much tougher and durable
hardwood floor when compared with regular Bamboo Flooring. Strand Woven
Bamboo Flooring is available in immense variations of styles and colors
including Natural and Carbonized stains.
Natural Bamboo Flooring can be characterized to produce very
light toned color stains, giving the bamboo flooring its inherited
natural and earthy look of botanical bamboo. Natural Bamboo Flooring
looks relatively similar to maple and beach stains.
Carbonized Bamboo Flooring has a darker color tone when compared
to natural bamboo colors. This is due to the color change reaction in
the process of boiling bamboo which gives carbonized bamboo floors a
more dark oak tone.
Although the natural
color variation is not fully customizable like other hardwood flooring,
a lot of customers still choose Bamboo Flooring for its unique design,
texture, and colors which present many different advantages that other
hardwood flooring styles cannot acquire. Many find using a wood stain
effective to creating a particular tone of color which suites their
How Bamboo Flooring is Made?
After five years growing and maturation
the bamboo logs are commonly known as “dead weight” and are ready to be
harvested. All of our WoodCrafters Bamboo Floors are made from mature
bamboo plants, aged for at least 6 years. This process guarantees more
stability and durability over time.
The manufacturing of Bamboo Floors begins
with slicing the bamboo pieces into very thin strips of equal
dimensions. Natural Bamboo Floors strips need to be boiled, in order to
eliminate sugars, starch and insects from the material.
Carbonized Bamboo Floor strips must go through a process called
Carbonization. In this process the bamboo strips are steamed under
pressure, giving the Carbonized Bamboo a darker color, but it also
reduces the overall toughness of the bamboo floor.
After the purifying
process, the bamboo strips go to a kiln dry, which reduces the moisture
levels of the bamboo wood. At this stage, before the gluing process,
the bamboo is usually treated with preservative materials.
The next stage consists
of gluing the bamboo strips together. The glue used for this process is
usually a Urea-Formaldehyde (UF) Adhesive. The bamboo strips are then
pressed by a machine with pressure levels of more than 1200 PSI. This
process makes it so that the Bamboo strips connect and attach to a
hardwood board. In this binding process, strips that are assembled face
up create a Horizontal floor construction, while strips that are
assembled side by side result in a Vertical Floor construction.
Strand Woven Bamboo
Flooring is stronger and tougher than Natural and Carbonized bamboo
flooring. Its durability is gained through a pressing and gluing
process, where the Bamboo strips are exposed to extremely high
pressure, even higher than natural bamboo flooring.
The last stage of
manufacturing bamboo floor is of course the finishing and milling
process. After coating the bamboo with 8 Layers of Aluminum Oxide, the
raw boards go into a milling process. The end product is a Prefinished
Bamboo Floor Plank, constructed exactly like the other hardwood floors,
using the tongue and groove profile to facilitate the floor