The process of making carbonized bamboo involves steaming or smoking of the bamboo. Think of this process as if cooking the bamboo – what actually happens chemically is the sugars inside the bamboo caramelize turning to a brown hue which in turn darkens the bamboo to its beautiful caramel shade.
The advantage of owning carbonized bamboo over a stained floor is that the color goes through the entire product, meaning that a scratch or dent will not reveal a different colored portion of the floor.
There is one disadvantage to carbonized bamboo flooring over natural bamboo floors. Due to the cooking process of making carbonized bamboo, it becomes slightly brittle when compared to natural bamboo, losing about 20% of its overall hardness. This makes carbonized bamboo slightly softer than white oak in Janka Hardness ratings.