Consumers appreciate bamboo products because of the design, elegance, unique
grain and color. Our factories produce a wide variety of bamboo floor lengths,
widths, colors and styles (engineered, hand scraped, and stained). Also
available are veneer and panels, which provide unique design opportunities for
architects and interior designers. This type of elegance, design and color is
not found in most hardwood products. Bamboo is used for construction of
decorative items and furniture for both residential and commercial use as well
as unusual applications such as airport ceilings and sports floors.
Quality bamboo makes a beautiful, warm, environmentally friendly floor that can
be enjoyed for many years. Since the manufacturing of bamboo flooring has so
many variables, quality will vary from different manufacturers. Our
manufacturers use quality materials to make an excellent product. We do not
purchase our bamboo flooring because it's a “great buy”! That “great buy” can be
very expensive if the bamboo fails in the future. The adage about getting what
you pay for will be true with bamboo as with other items.
BAMBOO FLOORING COLORS & CONSTRUCTIONS
Bamboo flooring is typically available in two colors, natural and carbonized.
The natural color is golden or blonde whereas the carbonized color has darker,
coffee-colored tones. Other colors in bamboo flooring may be obtained by
staining the unfinished product.
Bamboo flooring has two basic constructions; horizontal and vertical. Horizontal
boards are manufactured by laminating three layers of bamboo strips together.
This presents an appearance that has been compared to flattened bamboo stalks,
with the unique nodal pattern characteristic of bamboo.
Turning the bamboo strips 90 degrees and positioning the strips next to each
other produces the vertical construction. The strips are then pressed into a
single layer. In effect, one walks on the edge of the strip. The horizontal
construction, when properly assembled, is both harder and more dimensionally
stable than the vertical construction.
An alternative to solid bamboo is engineered bamboo. This consists of a
combination of 6 or 8 plies of wood (plywood) covered by a wear layer of bamboo.
This assures maximum stability and easier installation. GreenWood offers a 48
3/8 x 3 3/4 x 3/8” and a 72 7/8 x 4 7/8 x 5/8” prefinished engineered plank.
QUALITY BAMBOO FLOORING
Most bamboo flooring uses adhesives with a urea formaldehyde resin. Typical
Chinese adhesive in lower priced flooring has a formaldehyde emission around
0.237ppm. GreenWood PREMIUM BambooTM flooring used adhesive that has only
0.0127ppm formaldehyde emission. This is better than most Indoor Air Quality
recommendations. When required, GreenWood can also furnish formaldehyde-free
bamboo for those applications that may requires this.
Unlike hardwood floors that come from slow growing trees, bamboo flooring is
produced from an extremely fast growing grass. Bamboo is the fastest growing
plant on Earth. In fact, bamboo grows one third faster than the fastest growing
tree. Some bamboo species can grow 24 inches per day and, within 90 days, reach
60 to 90 feet in height. When harvested, the bamboo root system merely sprouts a
new shoot the following rainy season; no re-planting is necessary. In addition,
unlike traditional hardwoods that are harvested every 40 to 60 years, bamboo can
be harvested every 4 to 8 years. Bamboo is also an important factor in
controlling erosion. This added environmental benefit is due to the extensive
root system that keeps the surrounding soil in place.
During the manufacturing process, almost 100 % of the bamboo is utilized. The
material that is too small or weak for flooring production is used for many
diverse products such as furniture, paper, chopsticks and toothpicks.