Durability of Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo Flooring - 2013
Durability of Bamboo Flooring
A key concern for those looking for alternative construction materials is the durability of bamboo flooring. There is no denying that the cost benefits of bamboo flooring materials outweigh conventional options like hardwood or marble but when it comes to durability, there are still many that doubt whether or not bamboo flooring would be able to last a considerable time.
The secret to the whole hoopla about bamboo flooring, particularly in its durability, is in the fact that it is not the material itself that determines how durable your chosen tile is; rather, it is the additives that goes into the bamboo flooring during the manufacturing process that determines whether it can withstand the most testing challenges when it is put to use.
Of course, there are two sides to this that requires caution and care. The good news about this is that the manufacturing process is flexible enough to create bamboo flooring of varying hardness – from as low as 900 to as high as 5000 on the Janka scale, the official durability gauge for bamboo tiles. However, it is should also be noted that the selection process and knowledge in what to pick out of the many options will likely prove to be very necessary in order to ensure that you are buying the material that you need, not the material that will “crack under pressure.”
To understand this further, let’s look at the factors that influence the durability of bamboo flooring namely the quality of the material, the types of additives, and the stalk placement during the pressing process. On the first factor, manufacturers know that the older bamboo plant typically yields more durable tiles than those that are younger. The problem is that there is no way to determine the quality of the bamboo once it has been pressed into tiles. For this, you just need to trust the manufacturer that they are doing the right thing during the press process so you do not have to worry about your bamboo flooring in the long run.
With regard to the additives, this essentially boils down to the type of adhesive or glue that is added during the press. Bamboo tiles are nothing more than bamboo stalks arranged in a pattern and glued together before being pressed. The durability of the bamboo flooring comes down to how well the adhesives are applied, the exact types used, and the pressing process employed to cure the adhesives and make the stalks fuse together.
Finally, the arrangement of the stalks also plays an integral part to the durability of bamboo flooring. The best that is currently on the market are those that are called strand-woven bamboo tiles where the stalks are pressed more tightly and the stalks oriented in a cross-direction so that the strands lock and hold each other. If you want the best bamboo tiles on the market, look for strand-woven tiles with a decent amount of adhesives to pack the strands together.
When manufactured properly, the durability of bamboo flooring can rival any of the conventional hardwood materials on the market. Consequently, by doing your homework, you can be confident in picking the one that suits your needs. It isn’t exactly rocket science; all you need is a bit of diligence to come up with the best bamboo material that is not only cost-effective but also aesthetically pleasing and environmentally-friendly.
Since bamboo flooring is just as beautiful as hardwood and the durability is just as good, why would you want to use anything else. By using bamboo you are saving our hardwood trees which take 25-30 years to mature for lumber use.