While bamboo boasts an appearance similar to that of hardwood, it's considerably denser than many wood species frequently used in flooring. These caramel-color planks from Mohawk mimic maple but provide greater durability.
On the Edge
Edge-grain planks are formed by bamboo strips turned on their sides and stacked together. The effect brings a stunning amount of detail to everything from floors to cutting boards, and to nearly every surface in this kitchen!
Better with Age
Strand bamboo floors are made by compressing shredded bamboo fibers under high heat. Some manufacturers even use old-growth reeds to achieve greater density and hardness without compromising anything in the looks department!
Bamboo flooring can be stained virtually any color to complement your interior. This Roasted Espresso finish from Excalibur Flooring carries a dark sophistication, even as it protects against everyday wear and tear.
The light almond color of natural bamboo does not necessarily need to be stained. Teragren’s flat-grain planks (part of the Signature Naturals line) celebrate the material's inner beauty, making it clear why bamboo flooring is on the rise.
Bamboo can be darkened by a process called carbonizing, in which carbon is added during pressure-steaming to imbue the flooring with a beautiful toasted honey color (though durability somewhat suffers as a result).
Bring the Drama
Not all bamboo floors are monochromatic. Elaborate patterns are formed when small rectangles of edge-grain bamboo are bonded together. This style highlights the natural variations in bamboo while transforming your floor into a distinctive statement piece.
These strand-woven planks combine strips of both natural and carbonized bamboo to create a unique tiger-stripe effect. As a safeguard against pests, the bamboo has been boiled in a boric acid solution to eliminate the sugar that attracts termites.
Wide Open Options
While bamboo stalks usually only grow up to a few inches in diameter, bamboo flooring planks come in a variety of sizes to fit virtually any room aesthetic. Case in point: These planks from Duro-Design exceed seven inches in width.
Install in a Snap
This strand bamboo flooring from Teragren features a fold-down locking system that enables planks to be installed with neither nails nor glue, but rather as a floating floor. Anyone in the mood for an easy DIY project?
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