What Is Carbonized Bamboo Flooring?
- Bamboo is a type of grass that loves water and grows extremely fast, often replenishing itself within a few years after it has been cut down. The bamboo stems are shredded into fibers, then glued back together to make planks that are used for flooring. This process is similar to making paper and allows bamboo to be sold at a lower cost than most hardwood floors.
- Carbonization is a process that applies heat and pressure to the bamboo fibers. This combination darkens the bamboo. In its natural state, bamboo is a straw color, but carbonization can give it many shades, from a honey color to a deep brown.
Carbonization is not just a surface treatment; it applies to all the fibers used in bamboo flooring. This raises the cost of the flooring by a couple of dollars per square foot.
- There are many types of bamboo floors, based on how they are created. Carbonized bamboo fibers can be either horizontal, vertical or strand woven. Horizontal fibers are laid lengthwise, crossing the floor, while vertical fibers go up and down. Strand woven fibers are interlaced to provide extra strength.
Engineered hardwood bamboo also can be carbonized.
- Carbonized bamboo allows homeowners to customize the flooring to match their decor and the wood in their homes. It is much more versatile than hardwoods, which can be darkened only with layers of stain. Because the carbonized bamboo is not stained, it uses no dangerous chemicals and the color lasts longer than stains on other woods.
- The carbonization process comes with a price. Carbonized bamboo is not as strong as normal bamboo, which is softer than most hardwoods in the first place. Carbonized flooring will dent and scratch more easily than bamboo that is not carbonized. This can lower the lifespan of the flooring and increase repair costs. Strand woven bamboo will be stronger than other carbonized versions.