Bamboo flooring material
Bamboo is a rapid growing and self re-generating grass that is native to China. It can grow as tall as 200 feet and resist high winds. The base diameter and top diameter are almost the same.
It grows extremely quickly and can be mature in 6 months but it will take 3 to 5 years to get as hard as possible.
It is a sustainable flooring material that is stronger than steel and more crush resistance than concrete. Also, it has the appearance of a hardwood floor.
There're two types of bamboo flooring:
1. Peeled bamboo: slicing mature bamboo poles or culms into strips and then crosscut to length, sliced into strips depending on the width desired. The look of the peeled bamboo flooring is like bamboo and the linear grains and knuckles are visible.
2. Strand woven: is made by compressing bamboo fibers under extreme heat and pressure. This type of bamboo flooring can look like all kinds of other hardwood flooring.
It is a solid product with hardness and a great ware layer. It has a limited color option because it is not possible to stain it. They usually carbonize when they darken the bamboo to simulate other stain colors
what they do is actually they steam and boil until the sugars inside the bamboo caramelize and start to turn brown. The pro is that the color is solid through out the bamboo and if you chip the surface, you don't see different color underneath it.