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Unfurled Bamboo – The Newest Bamboo Flooring Trend

Bamboo flooring has undergone a number of changes since it was first introduced in the early 1990s.  The “third coming” in bamboo flooring is now unfurled bamboo, which was introduced around 2011-2012.

Unfurled Bamboo

Unfurled Bamboo FlooringThis format takes the round stalk of bamboo and runs a single slit up the length of the stalk. The round stalk is then carefully “unfurled” and flattened into a sheet.  The width of this sheet is the same as the circumference of the round stalk – approximately 6” to 8”.

The thickness of the sheet equals the thickness of the stalk’s wall, which is approximately 1/4” thick. Now, for the first time ever, bamboo has a wide, single piece (6”-8”) face, with the knuckle running across its full width.  This sheet can be used as is as a wear layer or three pieces may be laminated together in thickness prior to running it into flooring, yielding the standard U.S. 3/4” wood flooring thickness.

Unfurled Bamboo Flooring

Even more unique, unfurled bamboo allows you to leave the natural skin on – just as it comes from the bamboo grove – and use this skin as the flooring’s natural finish without the need for topcoating with man-made finishes. Alternatively, you can partially remove the natural skin and tint/topcoat with traditional UV finishes.

Unique to unfurled bamboo being finished with UV finishes is the one-piece face with the knuckles running fully across the face.  Given bamboo’s unique cellular and fiber structure, whereby the outer skin is by far the hardest and most impact resistant part of the bamboo stalk, initial ball drop impact tests on the natural skinned, unfurled bamboo (which better replicate walking in high heels on the flooring than a lab Janka hardness test) amazingly show less denting than even on the densified strand woven format!

We believe this is the result of both the hardness of the natural bamboo skin coupled with the bamboo stringy fibers, which are largely concentrated in the bamboo stalk’s wall just under the skin, acting much like steel rebar used for tensioning and reinforcing concrete for strength. Or simply think of skin and underlying fibers in unfurled bamboo’s outer surface as a trampoline, whereby high-heel impact/ball-drop impact springs back as a result of the skin/fiber tension, producing little to no denting.

Unfurled Bamboo
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Benefits and Characteristics of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo has become a very popular building material in recent years. It has been used in homes and businesses all over the world. What are some of the benefits and characteristics of bamboo flooring that make it such a good choice?

The benefits and characteristics of bamboo flooring.

Characteristics of Bamboo

Bamboo is a fast growing grass and is highly renewable.  It reaches its full height in just one growing season. It is ready for harvest in only 4-7 years. In contrast, hardwoods typically require several decades in which to grow before they can be harvested. Bamboo is also sustainable. When a bamboo shoot is harvested the root system is left intact.  The root system then sends out new shoots. Bamboo is also very environmentally friendly. It is grown with a minimum of fertilizers and pesticides and it provides habitats for many different species.

Each bamboo stalk is comprised of a soft inner layer and a very strong outer layer. It is this strong outer layer that is used to make bamboo flooring. Like most grasses bamboo is very flexible. As a result of this strength and flexibility bamboo flooring is both resilient and durable.  A bamboo floor that is properly taken care of will last for a long time.

The benefits and characteristics of bamboo flooring.

Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is healthy. Flooring made out of bamboo resists both mildew and insects. It also resists water and so is less susceptible to water damage than typical hardwood flooring. Bamboo flooring is easy to clean.  It just needs to be swept or vacuumed periodically to remove dirt and grit.  Spills can be cleaned up with a damp mop.  Bamboo flooring comes in a variety of colors and finishes and is easy to install.