Bamboo may be one of the most sustainable kinds of flooring available. Normally hardwood is acquired by felling trees, but because bamboo is a kind of grass, its fibres can be harvested without killing the plant. The same source will re-grow bamboo shoots multiple times.
Bamboo also grows incredibly quickly compared to other sources of wood flooring. In good conditions, the grass will grow between 3cm to 10cm per day. Because of this fast growth, bamboo is an easily renewable source of flooring.
As a sustainable source of flooring, bamboo falls under our Life Flooring brand. This range brings together our most eco-friendly floors for our green conscious customers who want stylish, practical floors that don't harm the environment.
The natural qualities of bamboo include the ability to cope with greater levels of moisture without expanding noticeably in comparison with hardwood. This is due to its tropical origins as a plant living in warm and humid climates.
Bamboo is an incredibly strong wood. It’s naturally tough when it grows wild no matter what environment it's grown in. Its natural resilience is further strengthened when the Bamboo undergoes treatment before it's shipped out to be used as flooring. This ensures that you have a very strong, durable wood that's great for use in a home or office. It's even stronger than oak!
Carbonised Bamboo Flooring
Carbonised bamboo flooring is produced by taking the bamboo fibres and boiling them in a way that darkens the wood through caramelisation which enables rich colours to be developed in the wood. These fibres can form different patterns depending on the way they are fixed together to make flooring boards.
If aligned vertically, these can produce a series of narrow bands of varying tones, with the node markings commonly associated with bamboo being particularly prominent.
The horizontally aligned slats produce much wider bands of light or dark colour, often in a stripy pattern rather than one punctuated by nodes.
This variation caused by the different slat arrangements means that those looking for a carbonised bamboo floor will have plenty of choice.
Bamboo Flooring Issues
There are currently no official certification standards for bamboo flooring even though it's approved by the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). That means that quality or hardness of the bamboo flooring can vary.
Bamboo floors can be easy to scratch or dent if they’re damaged by heavy furniture that’s moved or jolted. Many people with young children choose not to get bamboo flooring because children tend to be hard on floors.
Under direct sunlight bamboo can lose its colour. That means it's better suited to darker rooms where exposure to sunlight is kept at a minimum.