Bamboo is a natural ecologically friendly product. The bamboo plant is a highly renewable resource that is able to grow to maturity in as little as three to five years. Bamboo flooring has many of the properties of hardwood flooring, even though it is actually produced from a type of grass. Bamboo is a trendy flooring material that can have an appearance and a feel that is similar to hardwood and yet, is still distinct and different. It shares many of the positive benefits of a hardwood floor, as well as the drawbacks and vulnerabilities.
Bamboo like hardwood is manufactured to be solid or engineered, in varied board widths, with plain or textured finishes. However, they are most commonly factory finished. Bamboo is found in three patterns: vertical grain, horizontal grain and strand woven.
Certain types of bamboo can be extremely strong, hard, and durable. Natural, un-carbonized bamboo that was properly harvested and manufactured can be as durable as red oak. Strand woven bamboo can be manufactured even harder than that.
Like hardwood the surface of bamboo flooring can be sanded or buff and coated.
For care and maintenance see the hardwood section as bamboo floors are maintained in the same manor.