A GUIDE TO BAMBOO FLOORING
Bamboo flooring is becoming an increasingly popular choice as an alternative to traditional hardwood flooring finishes. I contacted The Solid Wood Flooring Company, leading supplier of Bamboo flooring, to find out what Bamboo flooring is, and why people are choosing it over other options.
What is Bamboo?
Bamboo is part of the grass family, and one of the fastest growing plants on our planet - the maturing period is only 3-5 years compared to the 30-70 years it takes before hardwood trees can be harvested.
Different cultures have inspired a variety of bamboo products, and in turn, bamboo products have become part of the culture in many nations all over the world, traditionally in Asia.
What is Bamboo Flooring?
Bamboo is considered one of the most environmentally friendly and greenest options available in flooring today, and the best replacement material for hardwood flooring having similar physical properties.
Bamboo stems are hollow and are cut to size while removing outside knots and ridges. The stems are then cut into strips and boiled to remove the starch. The thin strips are treated with non-toxic pest repellent before being dried, shaped and sanded. When dry, theyre glued together to produce Bamboo boards or sheets that can be used for flooring.
Why Choose Bamboo Flooring?
Bamboo flooring has a unique and elegant texture, and is also very hard wearing and durable more so than oak and maple timber!
Here are some more reasons for choosing Bamboo flooring:
The look and feel: Bamboo floors add a natural charm to any room, with endless possibilities in choosing a design to complement your current decor.
Style and Value: Bamboo flooring makes rooms appear larger and lighter with each floor being unique as wood is a natural living material.
Durability and longevity: Bamboo flooring is more durable and lasts longer than ever before with the technology of modern protective finishes.
Temperature and sound regulator: Bamboo is an insulator, helping to keep heat in when it is cold and the house cool when it is hot. Solid wood is also a fibrous material and absorbs sound.
Low maintenance: Regular sweeping or vacuuming and the occasional mop with natural soap is all it takes to maintain any solid wood flooring.
Allergies: Hardwood flooring is clean and dust mites and other allergic organisms do not live on such floors making it ideal for the modern environment.
Investment: A sound long term investment increases the value of your home while the natural beauty and warm appearance enhances and compliments all decors and styles.
The Solid Wood Flooring Companys Bamboo Flooring range
Ranging from 14mm to 17mm thick, The Solid Wood Flooring Companys Bamboo flooring is extremely durable and an environmentally friendly flooring choice
Choose from the following ranges:
Antique Bamboo flooring: Hand distressed to make the floor look 100 years old, available in two different colour designs, Natural and Coffee Bean.
Horizontal Bamboo flooring: Made up of wide strips laid on top of each other to give it its overall thickness. Horizontal Bamboo floors feature more of the unique properties of the Bamboo grass, with more visible characteristics such as the joins in the bamboo cane.
Vertical Bamboo flooring: Constructed from strips of Bamboo that have been laid on edge which gives the total thickness. This particular Vertical Bamboo is treated by pressure steaming making it harder and less susceptible to humidity.
Strand Woven Bamboo: The hardest Bamboo available and according to the Janka test, one of the hardest flooring options available.
For more information, take a look at the full The Solid Wood Flooring Companys Bamboo flooring range here www.bambooflooring.me.uk or contact 01666 504015