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Bamboo Surfaces

 

Although the demand for bamboo is growing rapidly, this hardy, sustainable, and hypo-allergenic material is relatively new to the flooring market. Bamboo is a grass (not a wood), and it’s a very durable one at that because it hardens with age. As bamboo grows, its diameter does not change but the density of the Culm, or shoot, does. The young plant is full of capillaries that carry water up and down its stalk, and over the years, the soft, sugary tissue hardens into a wood rich in durable cellulose.

Design Hardwood Flooring provides Bamboo Flooring, stair parts and trim, architectural casings, floor vents, panels; veneer, edge banding and butcher block counter tops to help you finish your design.

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Questions to ask before you buy

As with any product you use on a project, you want to have confidence in the quality, durability and consistency of the bamboo flooring, cabinetry panel, parquet butcher block or veneer that you select. Here are some questions to ask as you search for the right bamboo product and the right bamboo source.

Is all bamboo flooring alike?

No. Some bamboo flooring lasts longer. Some installs more easily. Some can be easily re-coated. Some emits VOC’s like formaldehyde at much lower levels. It all depends upon how it is manufactured.

Is there a grading system for bamboo flooring?

No. Traditional hardwood flooring is graded (No. 1 Common, Select, etc.) according to certain standards. However, no U.S. or international grading standards exist for bamboo flooring. You must rely on the manufacturer's standards and warranties.

How hard is the bamboo?

Hardness is the main factor in durability. Bamboo flooring can be as soft as pine and harder than maple depending on the species of bamboo used and when it was harvested. Design Hardwood Flooring offers Moso bamboo harvested at maturity (5-1/2 to 6 years) when fiber density peaks. Moso bamboo floors average 25 percent harder than red oak and 12 percent harder than North American maple.

Does all bamboo flooring qualify for LEED® credits?

No. Flooring, like any product used in LEED® certified construction, qualifies only if a company can provide documentation under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating System.

Does it matter whom I buy from?

Yes. The bamboo flooring, panel and veneer market is very competitive and relatively easy to enter. As a design professional, you want to work with a reliable company that offers not just a great price and a wide variety of coordinating products, but manufacturing information, good warranties and prompt technical service.