Natural Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo Flooring - 2013
Natural Bamboo Flooring Facts
People looking for alternative materials to be used in a newly constructed or renovated home should look into natural bamboo flooring as a construction material. When built properly, natural bamboo flooring closely resembles the physical properties of hardwork which makes it an economical but elegant construction solution to any flooring need.
It is also important to pick the right type of bamboo to use for flooring purposes as different bamboo tree species have different characteristics. In line with this, a bamboo species known as “Moso” is the best available bamboo material to make natural bamboo flooring.
The easiest way to get natural bamboo flooring into your house is to buy it from a dealer who has had considerable experience in bamboo flooring. While the manufacturing process is not very complicated, putting the flooring together requires skill, technique and expertise to ensure that the pieces fit together tightly.
The manufacturing process begins by cutting bamboo into strips, and depending on the floor profile, the width can be varied accordingly. Hardwood looking bamboo floors are cut rather thinly to eliminate any gaps. Thinner strips are easier to fit and position related to each other because they are flatter, thinner and therefore easier to handle.
After the cutting process, the nodes are removed and the strips further processed to eliminate the starch and sugar content. This is done by using a boric acid solution that reacts with the unwanted compounds thereby taking them away from the bamboo slats. The treatment process also ensures that the natural bamboo flooring is not susceptible to attack by insects and other parasites that feed on starchy and sugary deposits.
After treatment, the next step of the natural bamboo flooring process requires drying and planning. This process also naturally ages the bamboo giving it the proper color for flooring applications. Once ready, it’s on to the final step which is lamination. This process brings all the elements of the strips together to create a paneled material that closely resembles hardwood flooring.
To finish the natural bamboo flooring, an ultraviolet curing lacquer is added to the panels to lock in the properties and also coat it to further reduce susceptibility to attack by molds, fungi, and parasites.
Installation proceeds as any flooring material would, by fitting panels together to form the desired flooring design. Natural bamboo flooring also exhibits a natural glow and shine which minimizes the need for maintenance while continuing to look amazing in any living space.
Bamboo flooring is a high-quality material but sells significantly cheaper than competing hardwood brands. Check out available designs in a construction store nearest you and give natural bamboo flooring the chance to transform your living space into an eco-friendly, high-quality and durable flooring material.