Choosing the type of bamboo flooring you will install in your home isn’t all about looks. The decision you make will determine how hard your floors are and how environmentally friendly they are as well.
The difference between Strand-woven bamboo and other types of bamboo is in the manufacturing process. Other types of bamboo flooring are usually created from multiple bamboo species. After the bamboo shoots are harvested they are cut into strips.
Strand-woven is not made with flattened strips like the other bamboo flooring types. It is made from the fibers of the bamboo. They are also not cut into strips. Instead, they are softened before being pulled apart to create the bamboo strips. Strand-woven is usually created using the Moso species of bamboo, which is widely considered to be the best for this type of flooring.
The Benefits of Strand-Woven Bamboo Flooring
One of the main benefits of this method is its strength. Strand-woven bamboo is two times stronger than oak and is the strongest of the bamboo flooring. This makes it extremely durable and perfect for a busy household that tends to be rough on floors.
It is also the most environmentally friendly. Although all bamboo flooring is created from highly renewable bamboo species, strand-woven creates the least amount of waste. Excess flooring materials that are typically thrown away are utilized in the strand-woven method making it the most earth-friendly of the bamboo floors.
Strand-woven bamboo floors are more resistant to moisture than the other bamboo floors. This means your floor’s lifespan can be significantly longer, making it a better investment in the long run.
All hardwood flooring processes use a chemical called formaldehyde to bind the wood together. The binding process for strand-woven uses the least amount of formaldehyde out of all other hardwood flooring types making it a safer option for both homeowners and flooring professionals.