Bamboo Flooring Durability
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet – some of the plants in the bamboo family that even grow at a staggering rate of four feet in just a single day. You would be forgiven for thinking that such speedy growth would make bamboo a weak substance but in actual fact it is one of the strongest and most durable wood products available.
How strong is Bamboo?
It is said that bamboo has a greater compressive strength than brick, concrete or even wood and that when it comes to its tensile strength it rivals steel. Using the Janka hardness scale, a measurement used industry wide, it has been established that bamboo rates significantly higher than other woods, including rosewood and cherry, which are amongst those woods thought of as very durable. Bamboo measures much higher than traditional wood flooring, and on average it has a rating of upwards of 3,800 but there have been samples of bamboo that have been recorded as measuring over 5,000 on the Janka scale.
What makes Bamboo flooring so durable?
- Bamboo in itself as a raw material is incredibly durable, shown by its measurement on the bamboo flooring durability
- The way in which bamboo flooring is made contributes heavily to its durability: The process of making bamboo flooring begins with the individual stalks of bamboo being pulled apart into strands. These strands are then laid over each other in a cross direction, before being compressed together with extreme pressure and heat to create the flooring planks. Because the fibres lay in both directions this makes the whole plank much stronger than if they were laid in a single direction. The addition of the adhesive also adds to the strength of the bamboo.
- Strand woven bamboo measures significantly higher on the Janka scale than traditional (“classic”) bamboo flooring, which still measures as high as red oak
Any gardener who has tried to remove a bamboo plant from their garden will tell you just how durable it is as well. Bamboo flooring is so durable that many people choose to use it in high traffic areas like their kitchens. Some people even use it in their garages.
And if you are still not certain just how durable bamboo is, remember that in China and many other south east Asian countries bamboo poles, rather than more traditional steel poles, are used in the construction industry as scaffolding, and not just for small buildings!!