Bamboo flooring first became popular in the West in the mid -1990’s, and is increasingly in-demand by home owners and architects alike. Due to improvements in manufacturing techniques, strand woven bamboo is now one of the best performing floating floors on the market.
Bamboo’s major advantages over timber are that is much more renewable, it has greater density leading to increased stability, and it is much harder meaning it less prone to dents.
Due to its relative hardness, it has a much longer life-cycle offering better value over the long term. It has excellent staining potential allowing for a broad range of colours to be developed and introduced.
Bamboo reaches maturity every 5 to 7 years whereas timber takes anywhere between 60 and 120 years before it can to be harvested for flooring. As such there is a ready availability and constant supply of bamboo compared to fulfil the ever growing demand for timber flooring in the construction projects.
Bamboo has a much higher Janka (hardness) rating compared to timber. Bamboo floors manufactured using the strand woven manufacturing process are very dense, strong and durable. It is dent and strain resistant and can be used in homes with active pets and kids, and also in commercial installations with heavy foot traffic.
Solid bamboo floors are much easier to install compared to solid timber or parquetry floors. The click profile and pre-coated boards are easier to install (*can be doneDIY) and can be walked as soon as they are finished.
Because bamboo is harder than timber, a well maintained bamboo floor will last longer, yielding useful savings over the full life of the floor.