Bamboo Hardwood Flooring
Bamboo flooring is considered hardwood flooring. It is however worth noting that bamboo is not classified as wood but as grass. All in all, bamboo flooring bears all the characteristics of hardwood flooring and thus it still qualifies in this category.
In Los Angeles, solid bamboo flooring is a common feature. This is because bamboo exhibits same qualities as exotic hardwood flooring despite being relatively cheaper. It is cheaper since it is more readily available compared to the exotic woods. Bamboo matures in 3-5 years unlike the hardwood trees that may take 25 years and more to reach maturity.
Being one of the hardest natural materials, bamboo flooring offers a superb substitute to hardwood flooring. It has exceptional hard wearing qualities due to its higher fiber rating. Although it doesn’t have as many variations as hardwood flooring, in its manufacture, various interesting types of the product are produced giving a variation to choose from.
Solid bamboo flooring
Solid bamboo flooring refers to layered strips of bamboo. The strips are laid either horizontally or vertically, then glued together to form planks. As a result of this construction, each board is stable and can be compared to engineered wood thus making it a universal product.
Solid bamboo flooring is produced in three different styles, resulting in unique looking products. These results in varying decorative as well as strength characteristics for each type. Environmental aspects are also a concern as far as each variety is concerned.
Horizontal construction is whereby the bamboo strips are placed on top of one another forming three layers. Each board contains 15 strips of bamboo pressed together resembling bamboo glass.
Vertical construction entails turning bamboo strips on their side and laying them next to each other. A typical vertical board comprises 19 strips of bamboo glued and pressed together. They result in a more linear appearance and are also regarded less durable compared to horizontal construction.
Woven or stranded bamboo differs dramatically to the other two constructions. Bamboo fibers are compressed under intense pressure as opposed to gluing them together. In Los Angeles, this type is quite popular since it is regarded more durable as well as better pleasing aesthetically.
Engineered bamboo flooring
Engineered bamboo flooring is composed of two layers of material for each plank. Pre-finished bamboo is laid on top of a layer of another type of wood. This blending of woods results in a stronger composite material that is more durable.
Bamboo hardwood flooring installation
Just like exotic hardwood flooring installation, bamboo flooring follows the same procedure during installation. The process begins by an inspection of the room being worked on and identifying what amount of material is required.
The inspection is followed with a visit to the store to select the flooring that best suits one’s needs. As you select consider all aspects from beauty to durability. It is worth noting that some rooms require more durable material than others depending on the use of the room.
It is essential to have a professional do the installation on your behalf to ensure best results.