Solid bamboo flooring is a durable, attractive material that provides strong floors capable of dealing with more moisture than normal hardwoods, thanks to the fibrous nature of the material - which is in fact a grass - and its adaptation to humid tropical conditions.
There are several different varieties of solid bamboo flooring available, each of which is 14 or 15 mm thick and consists of planking, which is created by taking the strands of natural bamboo and pressing or laminating them together to produce a very strong and attractive material. The different methods used by various manufacturers are one reason for the variation in patterns and shades that are available.
In addition to this, different lacquers and other finishes can create darker hues for those who prefer such a rich colour, while there are also options to have bevelled edges for extra definition. As a tough material, the bamboo products come with between 20 and 30 year warranties.
Ming Dynasty Bamboo Flooring
Ming Dynasty bamboo flooring is a pale shade of the material made from strand woven bamboo, which is acquired by cutting and boiling the stalks to take out the sugar and dry them.
These are then pressed together to produce a tough material that has a similar appearance to oak hardwood, with a distinctive grain and twice the normal bamboo plank density. The adhesive used is low on volatile organic compounds, which avoids having a negative effect on the air quality of the room the floor is in.
Coated in a satin lacquer to provide a light-reflective sheen, Ming Dynasty bamboo floors are 14 mm thick and 96 mm wide, with a 20-year warranty.
Saso Bamboo Flooring
Saso bamboo flooring is a range of dark-coloured bamboo floors with a light-reflective satin lacquer to produce an attractive sheen and allow the floor to be a focal point of any room, blending dark and light colours.
The range includes variations in the darkness of the wood and is also available in different patterns, due to both natural markings and the alignments of the slats.
The floor planks in this range have V-groove bevelled edges to provide extra definition and a sense of contemporary style.
Saso's floors are made by cutting individual slats of bamboo and then pressing them together in a laminate system. The planks area each 120 mm wide, 14 mm thick and come with click-system installation. Each floor in the range comes with a 20-year warranty.
Westhollow Bamboo Flooring
The Westhollow bamboo flooring range consists of light-coloured bamboo floors with various patterns, each of which comes with a plank width of 94-96 mm and 15 mm of thickness.
Buyers can choose between floors with uniform light colours or those where the slats are arranged to produce darker areas, thanks to the nodes traditionally associated with bamboo. These variations come from the slats either being fixed together vertically or horizontally.
Assembled using T and G installation, the products are created using a high-pressure laminate system that compresses the slats together. These tough floors come with 30-year warranties and have a light-reflective sheen produced by the application of a stain lacquer.