100% Renewable resource, the millennium's new "wood"
Bamboo is harder
and denser than most hard woods, it is16% harder than maple, which is
the most common wood used for most cutting boards.
harvesting, bamboo grows back and can be re-harvested every 4 ½
years. Bamboo does
need re-planting. Most hardwood have a 30 to 60 year growth cycle.
Bamboo Flooring: Top 20
things homeowners should know before purchasing
For a long time now, I’ve
been in love with the beauty of bamboo flooring. The fact that it is
considered “green” is another bonus. Yet, I’ve heard many negative things
about bamboo floors as well. Hopefully the items listed below will help
answer questions you may have and rectify any possible bamboo misconceptions
Ask yourself how ‘green’ you
and your pocketbook are willing to go. Check with a manufacturer
and do your homework to make sure you’re getting the “green grade”
you desire. Make sure you know what you’re getting before you pay a
“great deal” for it.
finish was added to the wood
that gives off VOC’s from formaldehyde based glues and finishes, your
bamboo floor is no longer as ‘green.’
for manufacturers that offer water-based, solvent-free finishing.
common complaint is that bamboo floor colors have been know to fade.
To ensure the installation color, make sure the sub-floor is cured
before installing the flooring. Also, installing blinds and keeping the
humidity in your home consistent, will also protect your bamboo from
bamboo floors will perform the same. Depending on proper
installation and the product used, some will lose their color, warp,
delaminate, and even split.
is harvested after 4 years will be considerably softer than that harvested
and milled after 6 years. Another way to check the age of your bamboo is
to measure the plank length. The ideal height is approximately 6 ft.
Before that it hasn’t reached its maximum hardness, and after that it
starts to soften again. So when you see flooring that only comes in 3 ft
lengths you should be suspicious. Make sure you are buying the
appropriate grade for your project.
type of bamboo flooring is the engineered click system (also
called plank board, floating, or wideboard), which is
much like many of today’s laminate floors. They are fairly easy to
install, especially if you are DIY savvy. The long, wide boards can glide
over an imperfect subfloor, making them a great choice for a renovation.
installing your project yourself, make sure you allow enough time for your
bamboo to acclimate before installation (several days), and have the
temperature/air conditioning set to what you expect the normal condition
to be. This should help avoid warping, later contraction, and expansion.