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The Bamboo Floor

The choice of a bamboo floor is quickly gaining popularity for both commercial and household use, especially in North America. Stronger and denser than many hardwood floors, a bamboo floor is highly resistant to moisture. It has been discovered as a brilliant alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. A bamboo floor is also very easy and cost effective to install and maintain.


Now an acclaimed quality flooring material, bamboo has some remarkable qualities. Bamboo is a common grass that can grow to be very large in diameter (45 – 60 cm) and can reach as high as 100 feet tall. The bamboo stalks are split and flattened, before being laminated together with glue under high pressure, to make bamboo floor planks.

This process enables the most talked about feature in a bamboo floor – long lasting stability and remarkable durability suitable for 24/7 usage, plus all the elegance offered in a bamboo floor!

Known for its resistance to insects and moisture, the choice of a bamboo floor has become a preferred option in North American markets. The reason for this popularity is due to how easy a bamboo floor is to install and the favorable cost margin a bamboo floor has over many other wood flooring options. A bamboo floor is less expensive than many other hardwood flooring options, though installation costs can be the same for all. A bamboo floor can be installed using the same tools and methods that are used for installing wood floors. As a result, construction and building material providers are also working to popularize bamboo floors.

Though found in almost every region of the world, China fulfills the largest demands of bamboo wood products. Bamboo is nature’s fastest growing plant and a highly renewable source of material. It is a grass but produces some of the best floors at the least environmental cost. Bamboo is a viable wood alternative, an option for flooring that could be processed on a large scale without damaging the health and habitat of the bamboo plant. Maybe the durability and renewability of bamboo is the reason why it has been used for thousands of years.

(3) Comments

  1. My floor appears to be separating or moving so I have one largish gap between a board. Does the floor react to humidity? I am sitting at about 30% and have tried putting a humidifier there. I am getting a humidifier installed on furnace. Just curious if this is normal n winter(Ontario).

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Erica,

      Thank you for your inquiry! You are correct, bamboo floor is very sensitive to changes in humidity. You will need to keep the room at a constant humidity level within 35-50%. Even if the humidity is within that range, any large swing or change will cause the floor to expand or contract. I highly suggest getting the humidity up a bit and trying to keep it as constant as possible all year round. Please let us know is there is anything else we can help out with!

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