Bamboo Flooring

Choose from several hardwood flooring brands that offer bamboo flooring. We recommend these reputable brands for quality bamboo. Choose from a large variety of styles.

BAMBOO FLOORING OVERVIEW
We offer the finest quality bamboo flooring products that will amuse your quest for style, tranquility, and harmony in your home. A naturally beautiful and a durable alternative to our slow growing global supply of hardwood, bamboo flooring exhibits many of the characteristics of hardwood flooring. Such as hardness, durability, and sand-ability, but offers a look as unique and timeless as its oriental origins.

The environmental benefits of bamboo are the reason many homeowners choose this style of flooring. Botanically, bamboo is not a wood at all, but rather a grass. It has a growth cycle of approximately five years, depending on the variety. As a result, bamboo is considered a highly renewable and sustainable product that saves our ever-dwindling hardwood forests. By choosing an FSC certified bamboo product you are doing your small part to “save a tree”.

Bamboo flooring is regarded as one of the most beautiful materials in today’s world; it is considered a revolution in the design community and “the wonder kid of home décor”.

Finding the right wood flooring for your house is extremely important. You will find plenty of options with Hardwood Maniac’s bamboo flooring selection. Between our 3 bamboo flooring manufacturers we offer stained bamboo, hand scraped bamboo, white washed bamboo, carbonized bamboo, strand bamboo, FSC certified, and formaldehyde free (true “green”) bamboo. All are fashionable in their unique way and allow you to express your personal style in a prominent yet subtle way. Hardwood Maniac is truly the way to go when searching for the right bamboo floor for a sleek home update. Our bamboo flooring is the good kind. Our suppliers are Country Wood Flooring, Allwood Imports, or Nikzad Imports (Allwood Imports and Nikzad Imports manufacture formaldehyde free and/or FSC certified bamboo flooring). All our bamboos come with an aluminum oxide polyurethane finish and 25-year residential finish warranty.

HISTORY OF BAMBOO FLOORING
Humans have known about and used bamboo for over 5000 years, its usage as traditional hardwood flooring material is pretty recent. Bamboo hardwood flooring history may be in its youth considering modern hardwood flooring uses date back to just a decade ago; flooring material made of bamboo made an entry in the US and the world market in the 1990’s.

However, bamboo-flooring history dates back millennia to when Chinese peasants used it in its most rudimentary form. Bamboo stalks were placed side by side on the dirt to provide a cleaner more hygienic living environment. Eventually full homes or huts were built from bamboo stalks, and still remain a common style of building in parts of Asia and the South Pacific.

For Eastern cultures, bamboo has been a symbolic material for hundreds of years. It represents good luck, longevity, strength, resiliency, flexibility and nature itself. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that the history of bamboo flooring has become an important choice for interior designers, homeowners, and for those decorating their business premises.

More recently bamboo manufacturers have introduced a wide variety of bamboo flooring products. Bamboo flooring styles like horizontal, vertical, strand woven, hand scraped, solid and engineered bamboo flooring have emerged and gained popularity. Several colors are available now, as well, including, natural, blond or yellow bamboo, carbonized, white washed, and stained.

BAMBOO FLOORING AND THE ENVIRONMENT
A “greener” flooring product is making a comeback. Flooring professionals as well as homeowners prefer a “greener” flooring product without sacrificing the elegant color, vibrancy, grain structure, and visual texture that is available in traditional hardwood flooring. Our vision is moving forward, a little greener, with every hardwood flooring board we lay.

It is human nature to be concerned about environmental causes around the world.Cultures around the world are paying more attention now than ever before to issues of ecological sustainability and renewable resources. The movement has swayed towards materials that can be regenerated without scarring mother earth. Bamboo flooring is one of the 5 Star “Green” performers because of its quick regeneration and comprehensive ecological benefits. In the history of bamboo, at no time has its outstanding ecological soundness been more apparent than now. Plywood style bamboo is now being used for wall paneling, floor tiles; bamboo pulp, for paper making, briquettes for fuel, raw material for housing construction, and rebar for reinforced concrete beams.

The bamboo grass is one of the fasted growing plants on the planet, only takes 5 years to grow to maturity, and can provide 25 times the bio mass of a comparable stand of trees. Bamboo is harvested every 5 years, and starts to re-grow immediately with new shoots when harvested. A critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, bamboo stands release 35% more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees. As a soil conservation tool bamboos anti-erosion properties create an effective watershed, stitching the soil together along fragile river banks, deforested areas, and in places prone to earthquakes and mud slides.

In a market shifting towards environmentally friendly products, bamboo is an excellent example of how consumers can vote with their buying dollars to sway market demand in the marketplace. The rising trend in bamboo for home flooring as an alternative to traditional hardwood floors has been mainly due to environmental concerns, and consumers trying to make a difference. Bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly natural hardwood flooring alternatives you can select for your home.

It is important to shop around for a quality bamboo flooring product that contains no formaldehydes in its glue. Many brands use cheaper glues that may contain formaldehydes, and this can cause indoor air pollution problems down the road as all chemical compounds will slowly release their toxins into the air.

So why look to bamboo to save the environment? Bamboo is an excellent replacement product for much of the hardwood species that are being harvested in our global equatorial rainforests. Our global rainforests are the lungs of our planet and provide a significant contribution to our global oxygen production, second only to the ocean. By selecting bamboo flooring you reduce the consumption demand for rainforest hardwood materials, and in the process help save to the environment for our future generations.

BAMBOO FLOORING STYLES
Natural: Bamboo in its natural unstained state. Prefinished or unfinished, natural bamboo is a timeless oriental classic that brightens the look and feel of any home. The natural color of bamboo is yellowish, or sometimes slightly white, but will turn a little more brown over time.

Carbonized:Carbonized color is achieved through a steam and heating process, not with any stains or dyes. Carbonizing gives Bamboo a richer, caramel color with brown graining. During the carbonization process, bamboo loses about 20% of its hardness. The fibers are weakened by the presence of high pressure steam. Carbonizing creates many different tones which cannot be precisely controlled.

Horizontal: In the horizontal style, the strips are laid flat, about 1″ wide, so the top surface shows the bamboo’s natural growth rings. The nodes or rings are generally evenly spaced about 3″ apart and you get can immediately tell the flooring is bamboo.

Vertical: In the vertical style, the strips are turned on their sides and placed together in long, slender rows creating a different appearance. Sometimes it is harder to tell it is bamboo but the look is very unique and beautiful.

Strand Woven: A relatively new manufactured product, strand bamboo is exceptionally hard-wearing and visually elegant. Harder than more traditional woods, this flooring is twice as hard as oak and made from woven bamboo strips that are steamed and laminated under pressure. Click on the thumbnail to see details of all of your options. Aluminum oxide finish. Choose between 5/8” x 3 3/4″ x 36” or 5/8” x 3 3/4″ x 72” boards. Available in natural or carbonized color.

Stained or White Washed: Colored bamboo is appealing for the warmth of its colors and the naturalness of its imperfections. Available in many rich tones, this bamboo is suitable for living areas, and perfectly complements both vintage and modern looks. The machine-finished bamboo from Nikzad comes in either frosted white with vertical grain or wenge with horizontal grain. This flooring has an aluminum oxide finish. Allwood Imports offers Midnight and Sunrise colors, and Country Wood Flooring has a whole selection of stained bamboos.

Hand Scraped or Distressed: Bamboo with texture is probably the newest trend in bamboo. Coming to market in 2008 it has yet to reach its potential but more and more bambo manufacturers are making hand scraped bamboo with stain. The look is fantastic. Nikzad’s distressed finish has an imperfect application of the color, giving it a rustic, visually-interesting look. Country Wood Flooring has several bamboos with a heavy distressed look and rustic finishes.

Unfinished: Ideal for those seeking a custom colored floor, unfinished bamboo comes in both a horizontal and a vertical grain.

FACTS ABOUT BAMBOO
One of the major benefits often exaggerated by vendors is how hard and durable it is. This is deceiving. Bamboo is only about as hard as oak. Bamboo ranks at 1380 on the Janka Hardness Scale. Bamboo can be dented and/or scratched by furniture, high heels, and dogs nails. Carbonized Bamboo is around 1120 due to softening when pressure steamed or “carbonized”. This is the process that darkens the bamboo to the caramel color.

Bamboo floors are naturally moisture resistant, insect resistant and fire resistant.

Bamboo stalks can reach full growth maturity after about 3 months, but they do not reach full strength potential for 5 to 7 years depending on growing conditions. If they are harvested pre-maturely, they are too weak; and if they are harvested too late, they become brittle.

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on this planet and provides the best canopy for the greening of degraded lands. One can almost “watch it grow”. It lowers light intensity and protects against ultraviolet rays and is an atmospheric and soil purifier. A critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, bamboo stands release 35% more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees. Bamboo is harvested and replenished with no impact to the environment. It can be selectively harvested annually and is capable of complete regeneration without need to replant.

Thomas Edison’s first successful incandescent lamp (light bulb) used a filament made of carbonized bamboo. It was patented in 1880. This light bulb still burns today in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.Thomas Edison also used bamboo as rebar for the reinforcement of his swimming pool. To this day, the pool has never leaked.

Bamboo survived the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and provided the first re-greening after the blast in 1945.

Bamboo has thousands of uses including airplane “skins”, aphrodisiacs, baskets, bicycle frames, bird cages, blinds, boats, bridges, brushes, buckets, canoes, carts, charcoal, chopsticks, clothing, cooking utensils, crafts, desalination filters, diesel fuel, diapers, fans, fences, firewood, fishing rods, fly-fishing poles, flooring, food, food steamer, furniture, garden tools, handicrafts, hats, incense, medicine, musical instruments, ornaments, paper, particle board, pens, pipes, ply, rope, roofing, scaffolding, tableware, toilets, toothpicks, toys, umbrellas, walking sticks, wind chimes…and that’s really only just scratching the surface.

Bamboo provides income, food, and housing to over 2.2 billion people worldwide.

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