Are you weighing your flooring options? Have you considered the advantages of Solid Strand bamboo flooring over other types of materials?
Bamboo and Sustainability
If you’re not familiar with bamboo as a flooring material, you may be interested to know that this is a sustainable product. Bamboo has a root system that is similar to your lawn. It sends up new shoots every year, and after 5 to 6 years, these develop into culms.
Due to their color consistency, strength, and density, these culms are useful for a variety of commercial purposes, flooring included. Since just 16% to 20% of an annual bamboo crop is harvested, this leaves the remaining forest untouched.
Janka Ratings for Bamboo versus Traditional Flooring
Bamboo is a popular flooring choice for a variety of reasons. This includes its hardness, or Janka, rating, which is important when considering how floors will hold up to foot traffic and other types of activity.
You may be interested in knowing the average Janka ratings for bamboo versus other types of flooring:
- Northern Red Oak: 1290
- North American Hard Maple: 1450
- Brazilian Cherry: 2800
- Carbonized Solid Strand Bamboo: 3646
- Natural Solid Strand Bamboo: 3780
The Effects of Humidity on Bamboo Flooring
While it does depend on where you live, the effects of humidity on flooring is often a concern. If you live in a dry climate, for example, you probably experiences below 35% Relative Humidity. If you live in a more moist climate, you likely experience above 55% Relative Humidity.
You may be interested to know that Engineered Strand Bamboo flooring will expand and contract less than Solid Strand Bamboo flooring. When you speak with a flooring installation expert, they will be able to determine which type of bamboo flooring will be best for your home’s climate.
How to Find Out More Information About Bamboo Flooring
If you’d like to learn more about the different types of bamboo flooring, the advantages of Solid Strand bamboo flooring, and/or have bamboo flooring installed, contact a bamboo flooring expert. You will also be able to order bamboo flooring samples so that you can see and feel the advantages of Sold Strand Bamboo flooring.