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Bamboo as a Flooring Material

Fully-grown bamboo in gardens can be quite imposing, overtaking yards, creeping into neighbors’ properties, and resisting machetes and shovels. Cut and expose the core of this grass to sun and rain for only a short time, and it will quickly flatten, shred, and break up. Paradoxically, bamboo has also become a highly popular interior floor covering material known for its toughness.

Bamboo flooring imbues your living space with a depth and richness generally associated with highly expensive exotic hardwood. With the right surface treatment, this chameleon-like material can adopt the look of walnut, oak, or pine flooring. Bamboo’s structural weakness means that flooring manufacturers must invent ways to turn grass into a material that behaves and looks similar to wood. Not only that, a browning treatment for bamboo flooring called carbonizing, or carmelizing, can further weaken the bamboo by up to 30-percent, increasing the need for strengthening measures.

Producers subject the material to tens of thousands of pounds of force and bathe the bamboo in resins. These production processes create a floor covering that is durable enough to withstand human and pet traffic for years to come. Strand woven bamboo flooring is a sharp departure from traditional horizontal and vertical bamboo floors. It is far more durable and offers greater structural integrity than conventional bamboo flooring.

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