Bamboo Flooring FAQs
Why bamboo? It makes sense. By using bamboo, we do not diminish hardwood forests that have taken decades to mature, and we help to preserve the habitat of our often endangered wildlife. Bamboo produces new shoots each year and individual stems are harvested from controlled forests every three to five years. If bamboo is not harvested after five years it falls over, unable to continue growing.
What does it look like? Check out our bamboo flooring photo gallery to see samples of how it looks. Many people are pleasantly surprised to see that bamboo flooring has the durable, clean look of hardwood floors, but contains a finer, more unique grain pattern.
Does it cost more than other hardwoods? Bamboo flooring is priced competitively with hardwood alternatives. Pricing is dependent on the style, color, and the size of your order. Pricing ranges from $3.00-$6.00/sq. ft.
How durable is it? This very hard and very durable material is an average of 13% harder than maple. It is 27% harder than northern red oak and expands and contracts 50% less. Most people with pets find it harder and longer lasting that most other floor coverings.
How is it made? After at least 3 years of growth the bamboo’s hollow round shoots are sliced into strips, which are boiled to remove the starch. The strips are dried and laminated into solid boards, which are then milled into flooring boards. The bamboo is treated with preservative, either before it is laminated, after, or both. It is dipped once for complete coverage with a low-toxic acrylic urethane featuring UV inhibitors. This process reinforces bamboo’s natural resistance to water, mildew, and insects.
What is carbonized bamboo? Carbonized bamboo is is achieved by pressure steaming the bamboo, this darkens the bamboo into a rich, amber color.
What will the pandas eat? The Pandas in China live in the forests along the Eastern rim of the Tibetan Plateau in Sichuan, Gansu, and Shannxi provinces. Of the 1,100 different varieties of bamboo, one type is used for this flooring, the Mao Zhu (Hairy bamboo). Hairy bamboo is a bamboo species not consumed by panda bears. This bamboo is harvested only from controlled forests in the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Guangxi, and the Hunan, not disturbing the panda’s habitat.