Guide to vertical bamboo flooring

Guide to vertical bamboo flooring

This entry was posted on January 11, 2016 by chris elliott

What is vertical bamboo flooring?

Vertical bamboo flooring is a type of bamboo flooring that has been constructed with vertical strips of bamboo, to offer a narrow grain pattern with a textured appearance.

It is available in a natural bamboo colour (golden, blonde tones), or carbonised bamboo (rich, coffee colours).

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Vertical bamboo flooring has a similar strength and durability to Oak flooring, but can be found at just a fraction of the price.  It is dimensionally stable, meaning that it does not necessarily need fixing into place, it can be floated over an underlay, installed over almost any subfloor, and can be used in areas with underfloor heating or in rooms where temperature and humidity changes. Like all types of bamboo flooring, vertical bamboo is an eco-friendly and sustainable product, quick and easy to install and requires very little maintenance.


How is vertical bamboo flooring made?

The bamboo crop will reach maturity in around five years and will be cropped, dried and cut into thin strips.  If the end product is going to be natural vertical bamboo then the strips are left raw in their natural colour.  If the end product is going to be carbonised vertical bamboo, the strips are smoked to produce the rich brown, coffee tones.  These thin strips of bamboo are now glued together vertically before being machined into planks of flooring.  These planks are sanded and protected by a layer of lacquer. Finally a tongue and groove or click profile fitting system is added by machine before a final layer of protective lacquer is added to the surface.

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