Black Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo Flooring - 2013
Black Bamboo Flooring
When bamboo flooring first came into the scene as an alternative material to authentic hardwood flooring, overcoming the stigma of “black” as the preferred color for high-quality, elegant and durable flooring was a very big problem. With the introduction of black bamboo flooring, bamboo has only strengthened its grip on the flooring materials market now steadily marching into offices and commercial spaces where before it was only restricted to residential installations.
There are two types of methods used to make black bamboo flooring. The first is by using a special bamboo species with a dark trunk, cut it into strips as in any other bamboo material for flooring applications and then glue them together to form panels which are then sold in stores.
The second option is achieved via the carbonization process; standard bamboo strips are subjected to intense pressure converting the sugar and starch content into darkened carbon deposits. Extreme care is necessary in order not overdo the carbonization process and overcook the starch resulting to charred residues; else it will render the bamboo flooring panels brittle and fragile. Truly authentic black bamboo flooring, whether achieved via the carbonized method or grown through natural means, should be able to replicate the same exact properties that make bamboo flooring an ideal construction material for flooring and a suitable alternative to hardwood flooring products.
The allure of black bamboo flooring is two-fold; the first is the simple fact that black bamboo flooring can fool just about anyone into thinking that they are looking at authentic hardwood floors. The owner who knows the difference in prices between black bamboo flooring and hardwood panels can be forgiven for snickering in delight but such is the illusion and grandeur that is afforded by black bamboo flooring. The second effect is more aesthetic than it is “illusionary.” Without question, the patterns that are formed in black bamboo flooring panels, whether they are natural grown or artificially manufactured, are elegant, eye-catching, and unique. Every panel is different, creating a mixed variety of intricate shapes and shades that will appeal to art lovers and interior decoration enthusiasts.
Of course, black bamboo flooring deserves as much attention and care as other types of bamboo flooring panels. Just because it is in a darker shade does not mean homeowners can simply back out from normal and regular responsibilities of vacuuming and shining the bamboo floor. Any meticulous homeowner knows there is nothing more appealing than a clean house and while bamboo does not require as much maintenance and polishing as typical hardwood floors, it still needs sufficient attention to maintain its luster and sheen for many years to come.
One final consideration when purchasing black bamboo flooring is try and avoid products with formaldehyde content in it. Today, most of the black bamboo flooring comes from China because it grows a significant amount of bamboo to supply all the world’s markets. In some cases, the panels are treated with formaldehyde during the transport process and prior to actual manufacturing to prevent it from degrading. Local government agencies in countries where these products are shipped to should certify that specific brands are formaldehyde-free before consumers start using these products in their homes.
Overall, the future of black bamboo flooring as an alternative construction material is bright and beautiful. Check out black bamboo flooring samples at a hardware near you or on the internet to gain an idea of the available options should you choose to remodel your house in the near future.