Botanically, bamboo is not a
wood at all, but rather a grass. Bamboo is attractive as a building material
because it is very hard, strong, and dimensionally stable.
Environmentally, it’s hard to argue with a wood-substitute that matures
in three years, regenerates without need for replanting, and requires
minimal fertilization or pesticides.
Manufactured bamboo flooring commonly found in North American markets on
the other hand is highly processed. The bamboo is split and flattened,
before being laminated together with glue under high pressure. Bamboo floors
are typically made available in planks.
Despite being technically a grass, bamboo is highly durable and sturdy.
As far as flooring goes, it is 10% harder than red oak. The two major colors
are natural (similar to beech) and carbonized (similar to oak).
Versatile - ease of installation. Bamboo Floors can be installed over
concrete, particle board, plywood existing hardwood floors or by gluing,
nailing or floating floor methods. Bamboo floors have a warm, natural look.
They can be used in homes of any age and style. They are suitable for almost
any room in the house, especially living rooms, dining rooms, family rooms,
bedrooms, hallways and stairs.