The bamboo flooring and ‘sustainable and environmentally friendly product, suitable for environments that classic design to those most’ innovative and modern.
A product on the rise
The bamboo flooring is a product that is rapidly gaining popularity among architects, interior designers and builders, as an excellent alternative to traditional wood flooring, for its qualities of strength, beauty and eco-compatibility.
The structures of bamboo wood floor are three: horizontal, vertical, woven strand (pressed bamboo).
Once the plant reaches 4/5 years is cut, peeled and cleaned from the bark. The bamboo is then cut into sticks, which will make up the structure of horizontal and vertical versions, depending on which are assembled horizontally or vertically to the surface.
To achieve the Strand Woven using only the high and noble part of the plant, too thin for the manufacture of vertical and horizontal. This part of the plant is pressed and glued; the material is then dried for several weeks in order to ensure a stable product.
In providing a general description of various types, we can say that Horizontal has a characteristic typical node of bamboo and exotic, while the vertical, suggesting a minor portion of the node, is more sober and looking like a traditional wood .
The grain of Strand Woven is similar to the classic parquet wood to which we are accustomed.
What’s so special about bamboo that makes it so essential as a raw material? First, its mechanical properties are, in some cases, higher than the iron. Bamboo is botanically not a wood but a ‘grass, and belongs to the family of grasses, rich in fibers with the same superior quality iron for strength, remaining naturally much more flexible.
The bamboo flooring can then be outstanding compared to the usual parquet thanks to its extremely hard surface, to ‘high strength and solidity, and swelling and shrinkage much less than traditional wood. Furthermore, from the environmental point of view, it is difficult to find a replacement of wood that can compete with the bamboo since, using little more than three years to mature, is regenerated without the need to be replanted and does not require use of fertilizers or pesticides.
Thanks to the exceptional resistance of the material, the innate characteristics of the plant, associated with treatment at ‘aluminum oxide (ALO3), mean that in the Brinell hardness test the floor of bamboo overcomes the other woods commonly used for parquet flooring. Read more »