New homes in the past had wooden floors that were made of high-quality timber. However, this type of timber would take at least 30 years to mature and so, the supply has been exhausted. At present, the most available material is the bamboo and for this reason, bamboo flooring is the best option that can replace the wood materials that are not so available now. Bamboo flooring is a popular hardwood flooring used throughout the world. It is made from bamboo grass, which is flattened and covered with a laminate to make a solid surface. Bamboo flooring is considered by many to be an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional hardwood floors. There are several different types of bamboo flooring, Once you learn about the difference, you can decide which type is best for you. The first choices you need to look at are the material itself. You can choose solid, engineered or strand woven. The solid planks use the whole bamboo plant. The strips of bamboo are basically glued together to form the planks either in the vertical or horizontal directions. Engineered flooring is a surface of bamboo strips backed by another layer of wood.
The next choice is the color of the bamboo flooring. Natural color bamboo is just that, it is untreated bamboo and is a light blond color. Carbonized bamboo is heat treated to caramelize the sugar in the fibers, which creates a darker color. You can also stain bamboo to match any color you want. Horizontal bamboo flooring shows the knots or knuckles of the bamboo. They are visible randomly on the surface and add to the beauty of the flooring.