When looking for durable, strong flooring, many people are turning to solid bamboo flooring to beautify their homes and have a floor that will last for many years. Traditionally, strong floorings have been made from hardwoods like oak and pine. However, with much of the world focused on sustainable products that are long lasting, bamboo has become a front runner in the hardwood flooring industry.
Bamboo flooring can be solid or engineered. The main difference being that engineered flooring has an added layer of wood underneath the bamboo planks which add a layer of strength to the floor. This doesn’t mean that solid bamboo flooring is not strong; it is quite strong and remarkably durable.
In actuality, bamboo is not a hardwood but actually a grassy plant whose stalks are very hard and durable. Bamboo has been used in China for hundreds of years for everything from floors to actual house walls. Over time, the uses for bamboo as a hardwood option spread beyond the Orient and it became recognized as a superior choice for flooring.
Bamboo has a green or environmentally friendly aspect that has made its popularity explode in recent years and that is its fast re-growth. Bamboo is mature enough to be harvested after four to five years whereas a hardwood tree can take from thirty to a hundred years or longer to be ready for harvest.
Solid bamboo floors are made strictly from bamboo stalks and because they don’t have the added support of the wood layer underneath are harder to install. Nails or glue are the installation options with a professional flooring person the preferred installer. Homeowners who choose to install a solid bamboo floor will find that it doesn’t nail easily and can split and crack from the force of the nail going into the bamboo. This is why professional installers typically do a solid floor installation. It is also worth noting that solid bamboo floors cannot be installed as a float or click-n-lock flooring.
Solid bamboo floors are the bamboo flooring option that is most like traditional bamboo flooring from China. During ancient times the idea of engineered bamboo flooring did not occur, they used the bamboo strictly as it was cut from the stalk. The end result remains the same today as it did hundreds of years ago, a solid, durable floor that is perfect in any room of the house and is able to withstand the rigors a family puts on it.
Bamboo, regardless of whether or not it is solid or engineered is a sound eco-friendly choice in flooring that will last many years and help to extend the life of the planet.