Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that has a hardness similar (and often times better) than typical hardwoods. It’s considered a green option since it grows without fertilizers or pesticides and needs very little water. Bamboo matures at a much faster rate than trees. Bamboo takes about 3-7 years to mature whereas trees need decades to mature. This means that bamboo can be harvested faster and more frequently than hardwood.
Bamboo Flooring Construction
All bamboo flooring is a type of engineered flooring. Bamboo is sliced, shredded and formed to make a board. Its construction affects its visual appearance. Bamboo flooring comes in three types: horizontal, vertical or strand-woven. Horizontal shows off the natural look of bamboo where you can see the “knuckles” or growth rings of the plant. Vertical bamboo has a more uniform look, and strand-woven bamboo is the hardest/strongest of the three.
Look of Bamboo Floors
The natural look of bamboo flooring is a light, blonde color. For natural darker shades, bamboo is carbonized, allowing the sugars in the plant to caramelize for darker look. However, carbonized bamboo is softer because of this process. Bamboo can also be stained or printed on to mimic other wood types.