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What is:Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring makes a great option if you’re looking for a floor that’s not only natural, but hardwearing too. The fastest growing plant in the world - some species can grow as much as 3’ in a single day - bamboo is a sensible choice for anyone wanting a floor that has better environmental impact. Used as a building material for centuries in the Far East, bamboo is more than strong enough for use as a floor in domestic and commercial locations, but it has to be engineered into one of three main types, strand woven bamboo flooring or vertical and horizontal bamboo flooring.
Each manufacturing method gives a slightly different end result, with strand woven bamboo capable of providing a more traditional wood look. Vertical and horizontal bamboo flooring are more notable as being made from bamboo. Here at UK Flooring Direct, our exclusive Bamrock brand harnesses the benefits of strand woven bamboo to deliver a floor that is exceptionally tough and that looks just like wood.
How strand woven bamboo flooring is made
Strand woven bamboo consists of bamboo fibres compressed under intense pressure to form planks. By blending varying colours and lengths of bamboo strands it’s possible to give a variation in tone throughout the floor. As it uses less adhesive than either vertical or horizontal bamboo flooring, strand woven bamboo is by far the most environmentally friendly, while the intense pressure used to create it means it is also the most durable. While some bamboo flooring features an engineered construction using other types of wood, Bamrock is made from one piece of strand woven bamboo.
Solid Strand Woven Bamboo Construction
As a natural product, solid strand woven bamboo behaves much like solid wood and will expand and contract with changes in humidity and temperature. This means that it is important to take this into consideration when installing your bamboo floor and that leaving the correct expansion gap around the perimeter of your room is essential.
While movement is a possibility, woven strand bamboo is stable and strong enough to take advantage of click-together joints, allowing fast and easy fitting. As a click together floor, our bamboo is not suitable for installation directly onto joists and must only be used in floating applications over an existing subfloor. The condition of the subfloor is imperative in a successful installation and careful consideration should be taken in ensuring that it is smooth, level and dry enough to receive your new bamboo floor. To find out how to install strand woven bamboo, check out our guide in the ‘How To’ section.
As a natural product, bamboo flooring needs to become used to the conditions of your home before it is installed. This is called the Acclimatisation Period. Given that bamboo is a natural product that can move with changes in climate it is best to let your floor ‘settle’ into its new environment before you install it. We recommended a minimum of 14 days between receiving your floor and installing it. You can find out more about why it’s important to acclimatise your floor in our What is Acclimatisation guide.
The Look of Solid Strand Woven Bamboo
The look of solid strand woven bamboo flooring depends on how the strands of bamboo are compressed, with different tones creating natural tonal variation within the floor. Our exclusive Bamrock bamboo flooring features a unique surface structure that creates a realistic wood-effect and comes in a range of shades to suit the look of your interior.
The Get your Style On guide contains great tips on how to make sure that the floor you choose works best for your home, including how to make sure you choose the right width and length planks for your room.
Living With Strand Woven Bamboo
Exceptionally tough, strand woven bamboo makes a great choice in busy homes and commercial spaces, where its ability to provide a lasting and durable surface means it can withstand high levels of foot traffic. Underlining this our Bamrock stand woven solid bamboo floors are given a long 30 year warranty for domestic use, so you can be confident using it throughout areas such as hallways, dining rooms and kitchens.
All of our bamboo floors are finished with a durable matt lacquer finish that makes it easier to clean up spills and helps to prevent permanent staining. This means that bamboo floors can be used in areas such as kitchens and dining spaces where spills are frequent. Just like any other natural flooring, bamboo can be scratched by dirt and grit from outdoors, so it is recommended to install good quality entrance mats at all external doors and make sure you clean them regularly to reduce the chance of scratching.
Due to the wood-effect finish applied and the way in which it is constructed, the refinishing of Bamrock strand woven bamboo flooring is not recommended, so this is something to bear in mind when making your decision on the appearance of your floor. Make sure you choose a look that you can live with for a long time as, because of its hardwearing nature, your bamboo floor will be around for a long time!
Where to Use Stand Woven Bamboo
Hard wearing, bamboo flooring can be used in most areas of the home including dining and living rooms, hallways, kitchens and bedrooms. However, it’s important to remember that it’s still a natural product and particualrly susceptible to water, so we do not recommend bamboo in bathrooms or any other high moisture environment where there is a potential for leaks such as utility rooms.
Thanks to excellent stability, solid strand woven bamboo can be used safely with underfloor heating, within the recommended operating temperature guidelines. When turning on your underfloor heating for the first time after installing your bamboo floor, or after a prolonged time of it being turned off, increase temperature in gradual stages.
That should be everything you need to know about solid strand woven bamboo flooring from UK Flooring Direct, but if you have any more questions then don’t forget our Education Centre is full of useful information. Or you can call one of our Personal Flooring Experts on 02476 012840 who will be able to help you on the way to finding your perfect floor.