How is horizontal bamboo flooring made?

How is horizontal bamboo flooring made?

This entry was posted on July 15, 2015 by chris elliott

Bamboo reaches maturity very quickly, and is ready to harvest approximately every five years.  The bamboo forests are harvested carefully, by hand, using a systematic approach to ensure that the forest is not flattened, and there are more bamboo crops ready to harvest every year.  One of the benefits of harvesting bamboo by hand is that it does not damage the root, so it will continue to self generate for future harvests.

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Once harvesting has taken place, the bamboo is cropped, dried and cut into flat, thin strips. 

For carbonised bamboo flooring, the raw strips of bamboo are now smoked to offer a richer brown tone. 

For natural bamboo flooring the strips are left in their natural state.  The raw bamboo is now checked for any imperfections and left to acclimatise for a few weeks before the manufacturing process begins.

What is horizontal bamboo flooringDuring the manufacturing process, the strips of dried bamboo are glued together horizontally and then machined into planks.  The planks of bamboo are now sanded and protected by applying a layer of lacquer.  Finally, either a tongue and groove or click system profile are machined onto the planks of flooring before a final layer of protective lacquer is added.  The finished horizontal bamboo flooring is now inspected again for defaults or imperfections before it is packaged and ready for distribution.