What is Carbonized Bamboo Flooring? All About Carbonization.

Carbonized bamboo is not only a color, it's a manufacturing process.

The term "carbonized" refers not only to a color of bamboo flooring but to the manufacturing process. When natural bamboo is kiln-baked, the sugars inside "carbonize" or "caramelize", giving this floor it's rich brown hue. This color runs throughout the plank, so that when refinished it retains it's beautiful brown hue.

Quote Did you know? Thomas Edison used a carbonized bamboo filament for his first light bulb. Quote

What is the Carbonization Process

Bamboo is carbonized by high pressure steaming or heating, which “caramelizes” the bamboo fibers—resulting in a rich auburn tint. It’s a similar process to “caramelizing” sugar, which turns dark and gooey after being heated. Though the same look can be achieved with staining, there are important differences that need to be taken into consideration. Unlike staining, which only affects the surface of the wood, carbonized bamboo is the same color throughout—which means this type of flooring can be refinished without losing its color. The darkness of the color is proportional to the length of time the bamboo is carbonized.

Natural Bamboo Color

This is the natural color of bamboo

Carbonization Bamboo Color

This is the color after carbonization

Many of our carbonized bamboo floors are of strand woven construction which results in the hardest wood floors on the market. Strand woven bamboo flooring is made when heated strips of bamboo are separated into strands, then woven together and compressed with high-pressure heat and environmentally safe resins. The weaving structure reinforces and increases the strength of the bamboo, resulting in equal (and sometimes even greater) hardness to traditional hardwood. There's a common misconception that the carbonization process weakens strand woven bamboo flooring but in fact this is only true of "classic" bamboo flooring (horizontal and vertical grains), and even then the difference in hardness between the carbonized and natural colors is negligible.

Quote Did you know? Bamboo one of the strongest natural building materials with a tensile strength of 28,000 psi (pounds per inch). In contrast, steel has the tensile strength of 24,000 psi. Quote

The advantages of carbonized bamboo flooring

Carbonized bamboo flooring is an excellent choice if you’re looking for beauty, ease of maintenance, and versatility. The deep, varied hues of carbonized bamboo offers the warmth, elegance, texture, and atmosphere that hardwood flooring provides, along with lower costs of installation and maintenance. It is also widely regarded as an environmentally friendly alternative, which is an important consideration if you and your family want to enjoy the benefits of enhanced safety and air quality.

Quote Did you know? In Asia, bamboo is also a part of a balanced and nutritious diet. Low in fat and calories, high in potassium and dietary fiber, delectable bamboo shoots are a welcome addition to salads, soups, and main dishes. However, no one knows why panda bears are so fluffy despite eating only low fat, low calorie bamboo shoots. Quote

All of our carbonized bamboo floors are finished with our patented AccuSeal system, which protects the flooring and ensures hassle-free cleaning. Made with cutting edge industrial materials under the strictest manufacturing standards, our 10-coat protective finish is water-based and scratch resistant, ensuring the perfect combination of beauty and durability. Here at Ambient Bamboo Floors, you never have to choose between beauty and function—our AccuSeal® finishing system is backed by a lifetime warranty so you and your family can walk (and even run!) easy knowing that your flooring will last for years to come.

The quality of bamboo can affect the hardness of the floor—this is why we only use fully mature Grade A Moso bamboo, which is harvested in ecologically managed forests. We wouldn’t think of offering our iron clad warranty if we didn’t use only the best materials for our products.

Quote Did you know? Bamboo can remain resilient in extreme conditions that would render most other plants extinct. It was the first plant in Hiroshima, Japan to recover after the nuclear blast in 1945. Some bamboo species can grow at 4000 meters altitude in mountains, and handle subzero temperatures (up to -20°C). Quote

Customization and color adjustment is easy with carbonized bamboo, since it offers an excellent foundation for a variety of custom stain finishes. This makes it an ideal choice if you want the flooring to match your decor rather than the other way around. Because all of our carbonized bamboo floors are strand woven, it looks very much like the naturally occurring grain in hardwood, making it the perfect option for creating a “lived in”, vintage atmosphere.

Given the impressive strength and resilience of strand woven bamboo, refinishing is rarely necessary—but in the occasion that it does, it can be refinished without losing its color (unlike stained hardwood). This is an important distinction: whereas stained flooring can only achieve the desired look with the use of chemicals, in contrast, the color of carbonized bamboo is achieved with non-toxic, high pressure heating methods.

kids pets bamboo flooring carbonization

The benefits of choosing Ambient’s carbonized bamboo floors go beyond style and substance. It’s a non-toxic, kid, pet, and high heel friendly flooring alternative that lets you live and enjoy your life without the constant worry and hassle of complicated maintenance.

Quote Did you know? Clothes made from bamboo are an excellent choice for summer weather. The bamboo fabric allows for air circulation, which keeps the skin cool and dry. The fibers are also hypoallergenic, making it a great clothing alternative for people with skin allergies. Quote

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