Colors of Bamboo Floors
Along with choices in style you may wish to consider in bamboo flooring, there
is also the question of color. Bamboo flooring is available in two color
categories - natural and carbonized. The color is determined at the boiling
process. Natural bamboo appears in a creamy blonde color that is known to add a
touch of brightness to an interior. Carbonized bamboo is characterized by its
smoky, caramel hue which is the result of a longer boiling process which causes
the remaining starches in the bamboo to caramelize. It should be noted that by
the end of the respective boiling processes, the natural remains to be the
slightly harder bamboo flooring. The carbonization process which defines
carbonized bamboo reduces the bamboo's hardness by about 30%. It must also be
noted that even though this is true, both colors of bamboo flooring can still
be classified as being as hard as some hardwood species.
The difference between the two categories of bamboo flooring colors exists on a
spectrum. Within the natural and carbonized subsets, there are further shade
variances that might make one batch of bamboo lighter or darker than another.
When seeking to color match your bamboo flooring, talk with your sales rep
about how variance is managed. Distributors often arrange batches of bamboo
according to color in this respect, depending on the grade of bamboo flooring.
However, some people like to have such variance available to them as an option
for their design sensibilities. It really depends on the effect you want to
achieve with your bamboo flooring. Once again, your sales rep is a good
resource for you to address the issue of color variance.
Strand-Woven Bamboo Flooring
In the continuing spirit of a "green" flooring option for which bamboo has come
to be associated, strand-woven bamboo flooring is the product of a process that
leaves very little wasted. The excess material left over from the filleting
process which goes into making natural and carbonized bamboo flooring are
intertwined, compressed, and bound. The binding agent is a safe, UV resistant
and scratch- resistant resin which also makes the bamboo even more resistant to
moisture. The process of compression results in a very hard, very durable type
of bamboo flooring typified by grain patterns that are more like those of a
hardwood floor. The strand- woven bamboo is then cut into planks and is ready
to be shipped - no further compression is needed in this case, unlike regularly
manufactured bamboo flooring.
Bamboo flooring can in turn renew any interior for attractiveness as well as
practicality. As such, you will gain both the time it would take to maintain
many other types of flooring, as well as the many compliments you'll receive