Facts About Bamboo Flooring!
Bamboo belongs to the Bambusoideae subfamily of the perennial evergreen grass family Poaceae (Gramineae). Of all grasses, bamboo is the largest and the only one that can diversify into a forest, so Bamboo is a type of hardened grass rather than a type of hardwood.
Why We Don't Recommend Bamboo in The Midwest Area?
- The huge variance in moisture in the Midwest Area presents one of the biggest challenges of installing a bamboo floor. Even after installation moisture readings must be taken carefully all around the year, and since there is no assurance that the moisture and humidty level data is accurate. customers more likely end up with buckled up or separated bamboo planks.
- Not all bamboo flooring sold today is high-quality. There are roughly 1,600 species of bamboo, but only a few are actually good for flooring
- Grayish, streaky discoloration in the Bamboo planks. It’s likely a fungus attacked the bamboo during the first few days after harvest. There are cases where the mold was still alive and spread in the floor after installation, even in a dry environment.
- The bamboo must be glued together and compressed under extreme pressure. The Chinese use urea and formaldehyde in the gluing process, which is known to cause serious health problems in some humans.
- Inexpensive bamboo flooring is susceptible to scratches and dings.
- Again Bamboo grass readily absorbs water and is susceptible to damage from water and excessive humidity.
- Bamboo flooring is limited to a few tonal shades.