Durable bamboo flooring has been used for construction for many centuries in the Asian region where these plants were initially harvested. But nowadays, sustainability is a critical issue as a global trend to protect and care for the planet.
For this reason, it has positioned itself as an essential material. For this reason, bamboo is the best material to manufacture floors because this plant is abundant in the Asian jungles. After cutting, it grows back very quickly, being that, by implementing it in interior decoration, we do not cause damage to the environment.
The great advantage that bamboo floors offer us over the other options we have at our disposal is the resistance, durability, and design. It is always talking about mature and thermo treated bamboo, it is presented as a material similar to wood veneer, but it does not affect the environment. It does not present disadvantages when in contact with water or installed in humid areas because its natural qualities are kept in an excellent condition despite these harmful factors going around the environment.
According to several research types, they have discovered that bamboo has more resistant properties than iron; due to its central cavity, we obtain lightness, flexibility, and low cost; besides offering a thermal and insulating capacity, use of wood in construction can be substituted.
Until only five years ago, we were talking about durable bamboo flooring as a novelty. Although it is still a nascent industry, there are already some producers of this flooring type in the country.
The main advantage of using bamboo is that it is a wood resistant to humidity, wear and tear, and even fire. Also, its industrial treatment is one hundred percent environmentally friendly. Another advantage is that it provides a stable temperature to the place where it is located and speeds up labor in its operation.
It is very durable and compares with the hardest woods used in the domestic market, such as teak and others. Besides, such a floor is not affected by termites and carpenter ants after being treated against pests because it is not greasy wood.
Bamboo is a fast-growing plant, highly valued for its value and for being a renewable natural resource. Bamboo also offers a wide range of products, including railings, borders, furniture, chamfers, modular T-pieces (suitable for joining a bamboo floor to a tile floor). These floors can be laid on concrete surfaces, triplexes, subfloors, or floating floors. In any of these cases, it is advisable to place an insulating and waterproofing layer.
Several companies plant the species Dendrocalamus asper, locally called giant bamboo, with a perimeter of 60 cm at the base and more than 30 meters high. This bamboo is industrialized with SWB (Strand Woven Bamboo) technology to obtain high-density solid wood (1,100 to 1,200 kg/m³). Once the solid wood has been manufactured, the production of staves and sheets begins, which are the basis for the manufacture of extra-hard durable bamboo flooring, ready for installation.
The installed bamboo is called strand woven (woven strand). This is a product that comes pre-lacquered and ready for installation. It can be installed as a floating floor because it has a click system instead of a tongue and groove system, which allows a floating installation on ‘polyexpanded,’ a 2 mm thick sponge, called ‘for.