The unlimited exploitation of the natural resources of our planet is one of the greatest threats to humanity. One of those resources at risk is hardwood, especially Tropical Woods.
There is an excellent hardwood alternative that can help us to resolve this serious problem. It is not a tree, but a type of grass that has many features similar to the wood. It’s name? Bamboo. This type of grass grows quickly around the world. A third of the bamboo‘s trunk can be cut each year without harming the overall population due to this quick growing time. With the technique of separating bamboo trunks then pressing them, bamboo has given more sustainable solutions for wood flooring. There are multiple different types, as outlined below.
Floating flooring bamboo – cooling system
The laminate flooring is composed of 3 layers, with a top layer of bamboo of 4 mm. The lower layers are crossed to optimize its stability. Pallets are joined with cooling system: this system allows a fixed connection without use of glue.
Solid Bamboo flooring – Density
Density solid stage has a tongue and groove joint union and is composed of 3 layers of solid bamboo. The middle layer is crossed to optimize its stability. The top layer, 3 mm thick, has a special style called “Density”: bamboo strips are pressed very extreme high pressure which completely changes its structure. This process creates a very tough soil, with a hardness of 9.5 kg/mm2 (Brinell). In some cases also can be installed floating.
Bamboo tiles – Tatami
Bamboo, Tatami, tiles are formed by 15 mm wide bamboo tables, pressed on a waterproof latex support. The size of each tile is 500 x 500 mm.
As can be seen, bamboo is an excellent hardwood alternative, serving many different flooring purposes, while maintaining the classic hardwood look and feel.