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Horizontal or Vertical vs. Strand-Woven Bamboo Flooring

This is a posed question that is a lot more important than you might thing, but it’s very important to know which type of layout your bamboo planks will have. We made it easy for you to understand.

Horizontal or Vertical Bamboo Flooring

Both horizontal and vertical bamboo flooring give you the look of actual bamboo in flooring form.

During the preparation and milling process, the bamboo stalks are sliced into strips. After boiling to remove the starch, the strips are dried and laminated into rough board form. The boards are then milled into strip flooring, just like conventional solid wood flooring. Finally, the bamboo flooring is treated with a preservative.

Strands or stalks can either be laid out and adhere vertically or horizontally. The main difference between vertical and horizontal flooring is aesthetic. Horizontal bamboo flooring looks very much like the way bamboo should look. The pattern shows the bamboo’s culm (stalk) and its nodes, which are similar to knuckles.

When the stalks are laid out vertically, the flooring looks more like striped tigerwood. The flooring still looks like bamboo but its streaks are more pronounced. Tigerwood bamboo, often called tiger strand bamboo or zebrawood bamboo, also uses a mixture of carbonized and non-carbonized bamboo strips to produce the distinctive tigerwood look.

The term vertical bamboo flooring might be deceptive. The bamboo stalks are laid vertically, but this does not mean on end. Rather, the stalks are laid on their sides, roughly similar to the way a stack of paper might be laid on its side.

Strand-Woven Bamboo Flooring

Strand-woven bamboo flooring uses bamboo, but the end result looks more like hardwood or softwood than like bamboo.

Strand-woven bamboo flooring integrates the smaller strands and not just the stalks with the adhesive, making it a stronger product. The bamboo is completely pulped and mashed up, just like wood is pulped to form particleboard. This means that the manufacturers of strand-woven bamboo flooring can create a full range of appearances.

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