Many may not regard bamboo as a flooring material but you will be amazed at the beauty of a floor finished with bamboo wood strips. Made by compressing and binding together strips and pieces of bamboo, stranded bamboo is about twice as strong as regular bamboo flooring, with hardness ratings in the 2,500 to 3,000 psi range. There are different manufacturing processes used to make this type of bamboo flooring, so, again, there are different qualities to look for when purchasing it. MC is very important for this material and should, again, be consistent throughout the batch and at 8 percent standard.
Most moisture meters aren’t set for bamboo flooring, not to mention stranded bamboo, so you will need to get a meter that can be set for these types of material to get an accurate reading. The same qualities that you should look for in regular bamboo should also be reviewed for the stranded bamboo: Hardness, glues, finishes and MC are the big items to ask about. The NWFA is working on a program to help standardize the qualities that are unique to bamboo flooring so that in the future you will be able to look for NWFA-certified bamboo flooring. Wood is one of the most loved flooring material in the home building and buying universe.
Wisteria Lane Flooring features a tremendous selection of hardwoods imported from every corner of the world, as well as exotic laminates like Hawaiian Koa for as low as $1.79 per square foot! In the past 10 years, however, there has been a great disturbance in the force, and now wood has an able and extremely popular challenger: bamboo. Though bamboo has had a limited history in the U.S. construction market, it has been widely used in East Asia and the South Pacific. Bamboo has the potential for rapid growth,” says The University of Tennessee College of Agricultural and Natural Resources in Knoxville, Tenn.
Shoots have been observed to grow over 3 feet in a single day.” In fact, The Bamboo Site says the plant grows so fast that it matures to reach market in about four years. When it comes to performance, bamboo is often compared to some of the hardest hardwoods, but it depends on the type of flooring, species, and quality of the manufacturing. But bamboo also has drawn attention for its looks, though for a time only natural and caramelized tones were available. Bamboo has assumed a high profile in home building, but wood’s accomplishments are legendary and well-documented.
Today, manufacturers offer a staggering array of flooring choices with a multitude of stained options and textures including handscraped products that look like wood. Bamboo is new to U.S. builders and consumers, but wood is very familiar to everyone. In fact, in a national survey of real estate agents, 90 percent said that houses with wood flooring sell faster and for higher prices than houses without wood floors,” says National Wood Flooring Association in Chesterfield, Mo. In addition, a long list of medallions, exotic species, and decorative inlays makes the category one of the most dynamic in the flooring sector.