Bamboo is one of the most preferred flooring choices on the market
Bamboo floors have become one of the most preferred choices for floorings on the market. Made out of the bamboo plant, which is indigenous to China, bamboo flooring is great for its sustainable nature. Not only does it make your space look more appealing and enhances the value of your building, it is also a smart way of getting the natural look of a hardwood floor.
As an alternative to costly hardwood floors, this eco-friendly, renewable alterative for flooring is the perfect solution for any budget. Using only the best bamboo materials sources from Chinese suppliers, we have a number of manufacturing plants with experts who have years of experience in creating quality bamboo floors.
Before the manufacturing process can begin, bamboo has to be harvested. This is usually done by hand and not heavy machinery, resulting in less damage to the environment from potentially heavy-duty vehicles and machines. Thereafter, it is transported to factories where it is sectioned into short sections, which are further broken down into strands.
Bamboo fibres have excellent tensile strength, making it durable and easy to work with. The fibres are then steamed under high pressure in a process called carbonising. This process creates a chemical process in the bamboo which caused it to turn a darker colour. Kiln drying follows carbonising, which serves the purpose of removing excess water from the bamboo, prior to the manufacturing process.
The next process includes soaking the dried bamboo strands and biodegradable glue and compacting them, under high pressure, to form a floor beam. This beam would be allowed to stand for several weeks until they are firm and cut into size for flooring purposes, according to the exact size required. The cut beams are stored once again for a few more weeks to acclimatise.
The raw beams are finished off with sealant and finishing coats and then dried. The beams are then sorted and any according to grades and faulty beams are sent back into the system to be refined and corrected for use. The bamboo beams can then be shipped out and used for various floors.
Benefits of bamboo floors
Once a bamboo shoot is cut, it does not need to be replanted as it naturally regrows, extremely quickly. Bamboo is sustainable and a great option for the eco-conscious buyer. The bamboo is also really similar to hardwood and laminate floors, with the same durability and quality. Bamboo flooring manufacturing also has a low carbon footprint, as well as being a cheaper flooring option.
Not all types of bamboo are the same. It is advisable to do proper research before you make a purchase to ensure that you get the best quality of bamboo for your flooring needs. The older the bamboo used (how late it was harvested) the more durable the flooring quality, contributing to a better firmness of the flooring.
When choosing to install bamboo flooring, it is important to take great care of it.