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Bamboo FlooringWelcome to Bamboo Flooring Facts, where we discuss the pros and cons of bamboo flooring. Do not put the door directly on an unfinished floor and install or the door will need to be removed and the bottom cut to allow for clearance, adding labor to the installation. You will also learn how you can successfully use the Schluter DITRA installation system over just about every possible level subfloor surface. Mr. Schluter realized that the surfaces his tile was being installed to were changing and the installation system had to change to avoid problems. This is where Schluter DITRA and Schluter Kerdi for waterproof tile installation were born. You will also find extra recommendations or other considerations that might pertain to your installation.Bamboo Flooring

DITRA is 1/8 inch thick and works well over any substrate where a thin set installation is desired as in bringing a tile floor up to a thin carpet floor or other fairly thin flooring surface. Schluter Systems puts a 5 year warranty on their DITRA and DITRA-XL products when properly installed according to published installation instructions. The most common form, particularly in southeast Asia, uses thin bamboo stems that are cut as flat as possible. This form results in more space between each bamboo stem; flatness and tightness is not emphasized.

They are cut to similar lengths and can be stained, varnished, or simply used as is. They are then nailed down to wooden beams or bigger pieces of bamboo stems. The manufactured bamboo flooring commonly found in North American markets is very highly processed. A Bamboo flooring is typically made by slicing mature bamboo poles or culms into strips. If a darker color similar to oak is desired, the bamboo goes through a carbonizing process of steaming under controlled pressure and heat.

Manufactured bamboo floors are typically made available in planks with either vertical- or horizontal-grain orientation. In vertical bamboo floors, the component pieces are stood vertically on their narrowest edge and then press laminated side to side. In horizontal bamboo floors, the slats are arranged in a horizontal direction, on their widest edge, and then joined side by side with adjacent pieces using a high-pressure laminate system. The characteristic nodes of the bamboo are visible on the finished horizontal surface.

Bamboo certified to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) meets criteria for environmental sustainability and social responsibility, and several flooring products are available with this option. Bamboo Flooring Maintenance Like most hardwood floors, bamboo floors should be treated carefully. Many detergents contain a waxing agent which will dull the color of the flooring and leave behind a filmy glaze. The United States Green Building Council ‘s LEED program allows points for the use of bamboo floors by virtue of it being a rapidly renewable resource.

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