Technical specie specifications for Bamboo from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.
Bamboo Hardwood Flooring
- Scientific Name, Other Names: bambusae spp., Phyllostachys spp
- Description: Horizontal Grain Bamboo Flooring features a traditional, distinctive "knuckle" characteristic that repeats throughout the plank.
Vertical Grain Bamboo Flooring orients the Bamboo strips on edge, reducing the visibility of "knuckles", and providing a cleaner, flowing appearance.
With Mosaic Bamboo Flooring, the Bamboo strips are oriented to display their end-grain, creating more of a patchwork profile.
- Janka Hardness: 1,410 pounds
- Strength (MOR): 11,020 psi
- Stiffness (MOE): 2,610 1000 psi
- Density (KG/m3): 500
- Tangential Shrinkage: 0.0 %
- Radial Shrinkage: 0.0 %
- About: Bamboo is a renewable resource due to its short growth time requirement. It takes only about 4 years from planting to harvest time to prepare it for Bamboo flooring applications. Bamboo flooring also has the added benefit of being highly resistant to moisture absorption. Therefore, if humidity is an issue, bamboo flooring offers a material that will remain true in shape. Fantastic Floor offers Bamboo flooring from 3/8" to 5/8" thick, 3 1/2" to 5 1/2" wide, and up to 6' in length. Bamboo flooring is available prefinished and unfinished in both solid and engineered formats. Our Bamboo flooring is also available in a wide variety of colors, from Natural to color-infused pastels; something for every room and style.
- Family: Poaceae
- Tree Characteristics: Some of the largest bamboos can be up to 50-100 ft tall with a 3-6 in diameter.
- Geographic Area: Most timber-producing bamboos are from south Asia.
- Color: Natural Bamboo is generally a uniform pale yellow to almost white in color. Being a monocot in the grass family, Bamboo does not have any sapwood/heartwood or growth rings.
- Grain: Bamboo has a very linear grain. Bamboo lumber and bamboo flooring will have intermittent variations in the fiber at each node on the stem.
- Texture: Bamboo's texture is very uniform and ranges from medium to fine.
- Drying Characteristics: Raw Bamboo is known to have a high shrinkage rate when initially being dried and tends to shrink more towards the outer wall than at the interior; for this reason surface checks can develop if raw Bamboo is dried too quickly. Once Bamboo has adjusted to equilibrium moisture content, it is somewhat stable in use. It is best to acclimate engineered Bamboo flooring for 1 week and solid Bamboo flooring for 2 weeks prior to installation.
- Working Characteristics: By woodworking standards, bamboo can be different. Bamboo is not necessarily difficult to work with but may require special care. Bamboo glues, stains, and finishes well. It is best to keep relative humidity levels in the home between 35% and 50% before, during, and after installing Bamboo flooring.
- Durability Rating: Bamboo possesses some of the best stiffness/strength characteristics, and strength-to-weight ratios of any woody material on the planet.
- Applications: Bamboo flooring, veneer, paper, fishing rods, ladders, scaffolding, musical instruments (flutes/woodwinds/chimes), furniture, window blinds, carving, turned items, and small novelty items. Please note, solid Bamboo flooring and engineered Bamboo flooring are sold in boxes; Bamboo flooring must be purchased in full boxes.
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