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BAMBOO FLOORING COLORATION AND CONSTRUCTION

         
What is the difference between Naturalized and Carbonized Bamboo?
Bamboo flooring is typically available in two colors, natural and carbonized. Additionally, other colors in bamboo flooring may be obtained by staining the unfinished product. The natural color is yellow/blonde whereas the carbonized color has a darker, coffee-colored tone. Generally, carbonized flooring is not recommended for certain high traffic commercial applications since the steam-treatment process weakens the bamboo strips by about 20%. However, our manufacturing process differs from most other manufactures in that the initial bamboo strip processing is within a major bamboo growing area. Because of this, our manufacturers are able to immediately cut and strip the bamboo shoots and, within 2 hours, carbonize these strips. Consequently, we gain an 8% hardness in these strips by eliminating the boiling water treatment normally required when processing bamboo.
     

 

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What is the difference between horizontal and vertical bamboo flooring?
Bamboo flooring has two basic constructions; horizontal and vertical. Horizontal boards are manufactured by laminating three layers of bamboo strips side-by-side. This presents an appearance that has been compared to flattened bamboo stalks, with the unique nodal pattern characteristic of bamboo.
         
The vertical construction is produced by turning the bamboo strips 90 degrees and positioning them next to each other. The strips are then pressed into a single layer. In effect, one walks on the edge of the strip. The horizontal construction, when properly assembled, is both harder and more dimensionally stable than the vertical construction.