Bamboo flooring is a relatively new option in hardwood flooring that has become popular thanks to its sustainability. While often grouped with hardwood floors, bamboo floors are actually made from a species of grass called “Moso.” Unlike most hardwood species, bamboo is a fast growing plant with complex root systems that rejuvenate quickly, making it a favorite among conservationists as an eco-friendly floor.
Most bamboo flooring is created from stalks of bamboo that are four to five years old. These stalks are then sliced into strips and woven or laid into planks. Conservationists like bamboo for its ability to replenish itself quickly, giving bamboo flooring a “green” quality that most hardwood floors don’t have. Bamboo ranks quite high on the Janka hardness scale, just above white oak and ash. Its durability makes it a great choice for areas that receive a lot of foot traffic.
Despite its strength, bamboo flooring can be cut relatively easily using only a compound miter or hand saw. It is also adaptable to a wide number of surfaces, and can be affixed to plywood or even concrete.
Most bamboo flooring has a honey-colored finish with a slightly mottled looking appearance, although it can be stained to almost any hue to match any décor. As it ages, it will take on a patina that only adds to its charm. It comes in two types: horizontal, or flat-pressed, and vertical, or side-pressed. Horizontal bamboo flooring has wide lines that run through it, while vertical has a more consistent appearance.
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With so many options in bamboo flooring, it can be dizzying to choose the perfect one for your unique setting. Let the experts at Floor Coverings International, Cincinnati East, help. Call or click to schedule a free in-home consultation today. We offer free in-home measurements and design consultations.