Woven Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo Flooring - 2013
Why Woven Bamboo Flooring Has Become So Popular
Bamboo flooring has come to be one of the most popular flooring options available. This may be due to its easy availability, cost-effectiveness when compared to other popular hardwood materials, its durability, as well as its high adaptability. Moreover, bamboo flooring is quite versatile in terms of design and technique used to make the flooring. One of the popular types of bamboo flooring is the woven bamboo flooring.
Woven bamboo flooring, also referred to as strand woven bamboo flooring is one of the most durable types of bamboo flooring available. This flooring material is made directly from the bamboo fibers. Its durability largely depends on the quality of bamboo fibers used, as well as the harvest time of the bamboo fibers. High quality bamboo flooring requires high quality bamboo that has aged some time before harvest.
The durability of the woven bamboo flooring largely depends on three things: the stalk placement, adhesives or added materials and the quality of bamboo. As stated, the placement structure in this flooring is the woven type. The nature or quality of bamboo has already been stated. The nature and amount of adhesive used is key to determining the durability of the woven bamboo flooring. This adhesive is added during the manufacturing process.
The unique manner in which woven bamboo flooring is made gives it several benefits over the traditional laminate flooring. The bamboo stalks, after maturing, are harvested and boiled so as to remove any sugars that may be within them. Sugars are a potential hazard as they are a common termite attractant. After the boiling process, the stalks are dried for some time. Once they have achieved complete dryness, the strands are flattened under extremely high pressure with a low VOC adhesive. This results in a plank that may have twice the density of ordinary bamboo flooring.
Though woven bamboo flooring may be slightly harder to install than other bamboo flooring, there are several techniques that one may employ to achieve this goal. The most common ones are the direct gluing technique, the floating installation and the nailing technique. While woven bamboo flooring is reputed for its ease of installation, the nailing technique may require the expertise of a contractor to aid in its installation. The first two are normally classified as Do-it-yourself techniques and benefit the homeowner in that they save on labor costs.
There are several benefits of woven bamboo flooring. The first and most notable is that it can withstand high traffic. This makes it the ideal flooring material. Moreover, its style and natural beauty are quite appealing. Woven bamboo flooring is also popular due to its distinct grain size, as well as its close resemblance to other hardwood flooring material without the additional cost. Better yet, there is no waste in the manufacture of woven bamboo flooring due to the unique way in which it is made. All bamboo planks, regardless of size are compressed to form the finished material.