How Is Bamboo Flooring Made? What Is The Manufacturing Process?
The crazy cool process by which today's bamboo flooring is made.
You've probably seen bamboo growing in your neighborhood, or used as decorative material in all kinds of Tiki-inspired furniture, or maybe you even own a lucky bamboo plant. But you may still be wondering, how does bamboo get from it's plant form to be flooring?!
It might seem like a crazy idea but when it comes to flooring, bamboo is no laughing matter. In a straight contest between bamboo flooring v hardwood , bamboo wins for toughness, reliability and sophisticated good looks! (Note from the editor: we may be slightly biased)
But growing in the indigenous forests of China means that traveling from the depths of the wild to the floors in your home is a fascinating process. We take a closer look at this incredible product.
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When is a wood not a wood?
Bamboo flooring has the appearance of a hardwood floor and is often chosen over other types of natural floors because of it's beauty, eco-friendliness, durability, and affordability.
But technically bamboo isn’t a hard wood. Actually, it’s not even wood at all…it’s a grass. So that gorgeous bamboo flooring you’ve been eyeing up? It’s actually a grass floor.
However, before you run for the hills, you should know that bamboo is one of the toughest natural materials that can be found and in tests has been shown to outperform steel alloys, concrete and graphite.
Despite this unrivalled strength, bamboo is very flexible. Because of this, if you had to pick a place to shelter in the event of an earthquake, a bamboo forest would be one of the safest places on the planet! Homes made from bamboo have stood up to some of the fiercest earthquakes recorded, up to 9.0 in magnitude.
So, now you know that even though it’s not a wood….it’s something even better. Trust Mother Nature on this.
How it’s collected
Cutting down bamboo from its natural habitat is tough work as you can imagine, but it’s even more mind-blowing when you hear more about the conditions in which it must be harvested.
Sugar in the sap must be at its lowest ebb when the bamboo is cut down for it to be in the optimum condition. This means that working during the day - when there’s the most light - is out of the question. Allowing the culms to age for 5 years is also important, as is using the middle part of the stalks.
Traditional methods calculate the best moon phase to harvest the bamboo which involves working during a waning moon, at dusk or dawn only.
Those of us that have bamboo in our gardens already know that bamboo regenerates extremely quickly. With the roots left intact, it can grow as quickly as four feet in just 24 hours if conditions are right.
Don’t worry about the pandas being deprived of their favorite tasty snack: the large bamboo culms used for wood flooring aren’t on the panda menu.
Check out this info-graphic to see the step-by-step process
The crazy manufacturing process
After harvesting, bamboo goes through a number of different stages to become the smooth, hard and elegant flooring you expect to see.
Firstly, the stalk is split down into strips which are then boiled to get rid of any insects, pests or grime. After this concoction has done its work, the strips are then heated and carbonized.
But there’s no time to sit back and relax as you aren't even halfway through the process of creating stranded bamboo flooring!
Next, it’s time to get weaving as the strips are woven together tightly before being stacked and left to dry for as long as is needed. These stacks are then subjected to extreme pressurization under intense heat that causes all of the sinewy strand of raw material to fuse together; this results in ultra-dense planks of bamboo which are super-galactic in their longevity and durability.
At this point the bamboo now resembles their hardwood counterparts, and you’d have a tough job identifying it as grass.
All that’s left then is to mill the tongue and grooves before applying UV protection, the finish, and the moisture seal treatment.
These finished pieces of bamboo are then boxed and shipped out to our warehouses and that ultimately could end up on the floor of your home.
This manufacturing process is incredibly detailed, with every single step carefully watched by our engineers to ensure we're shipping out only the highest quality strand woven bamboo flooring.
The Finished, Beautiful Product!
Bamboo undergoes a number of transformations to allow flooring manufacturers to capture its natural strength and durability. Strand woven bamboo processes create flooring which is unrivaled in appearance and performance, so go ahead and admire its golden, amber or rich coffee tones!