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Bamboo is actually a grass, not a wood. It regenerates faster than wood, typically regenerating within four to eight years of sprouting, making it a truely renewable resource. The process of milling partially determines its quality and performance. There are over 1200 species of bamboo and most of which are not appropriate for bamboo flooring. This accounts for the wide range of prices and performance of bamboo products available on the market. Buying from a reputable manufacturer is imperative. The adage about getting what you pay for is the same with bamboo as with other items.
The next style is "stranded" bamboo. It is shredded, dipped in acrylic, and pressed to create a composite product that is much more dense than regular bamboo, which makes it more dent resistant. The look is unique, though still noticably a grass product. These also come in different colors and styles, as they can be made to look very "tiger
Bamboo is often sold as "solid", but the natural thickness of bamboo prevents "solid" pieces being possible. "Solid" bamboo just mean that all three layers are bamboo, not that they are all the same piece. Engineered bamboo often has comparable wear layers, but the cross-ply construction provides more stability.
Not all bamboo is created equal, and Teragren is the company that sets the standards of excellence in bamboo flooring. On their website they explain that hardness is the main factor in durability. Bamboo flooring can be as soft as pine and harder than maple depending on the species of bamboo used and when it was harvested. Their standards of quality management, FSC certification (look to "Going Green!" for more information) and style choices exceed other bamboo manufacturers.
These are some of their stranded bamboo styles:
Java (strand Bamboo)
Greenwood is a great company because it emphasizes quality and is environmentally friendly. As Stated on Greenwood's website:
Although more than 1,200 species of bamboo have been identified worldwide, only Phyllostachys pubescens (known in China as Mao, Moso or hairy bamboo) has the wall thickness, color, structure, density, and strength to provide the necessary raw material for bamboo flooring. Mao bamboo grows up to two feet on the first day after sprouting from its underground root and attains its maximum height of 60 to 90 feet in six months.
Maturation to the point of harvesting requires at least four years. However, greater hardness is obtained when the culm is allowed to continue growing until the bamboo reaches six to eight years old. This is the age range required by GreenWood.
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USFloors, based in Dalton, GA, is a manufacturer of Unique and Sustainable floors. USFloors is the leading producer of sustainable, eco-friendly floors including cork, bamboo, and hardwood floors. In fact, USFloors is the ONLY supplier of cork and bamboo flooring with manufacturing facilities operating in the United States. USFloors markets these sustainable products under the brands Natural Cork®, Natural Bamboo® and More.
The Teragren Difference
"Positioned to do things right"
As the manufacturer of all Teragren products, we are in the best position to provide you with high-quality, high-performance bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops/table tops that you will enjoy living with in your home or business. More than 15 years of bamboo flooring manufacturing experience guides us in every step of the process from product specifications to distribution. The bamboo stalks we use are the right species, age and density to make strong, beautiful products that last. The farmers who cultivate and care for the bamboo are paid a fair price. Our products are independently tested on a regular basis, and our factories are ISO 9001:2000 and 14001-certified. All of our floors have been tested for 78 VOCs and are FloorScore® certified, one of the most stringent environmental standards worldwide. All of our panels and select veneer are SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold-certified, a standard than ensures that individual VOCs in the bamboo and adhesive do not exceed one-half the defined CREL threshold. And we can easily provide design and building professionals with the documentation they need. These detailed efforts ensure that we do our job, because when we perform at the highest levels, so do our products." ~Teragren
Teragren is the leader in quality, ecology and performance in the bamboo industry. MOSO Bamboo used in all Teragren Products is plantation grown in managed plots by independanct farmers in the Zhejiang Province of China. The culms are harvested at maturity at 6 years, leaving behind a thriving plant and new shoots. They pride themselves on being "environmentally smart" and out-performing other bamboo products through higher manufacturing standards. They also offer unique looks and are changing the bamboo industry by providing new styles first of floating bamboo, glueless clic systems, hand scraping and distressed floors, stains, and strand bamboo.
There are two ways to harvest bamboo, by cutting the shaft vertically or horizontally. This gives two distinct looks. The vertical cut makes the product harder and more stable than the horizontal cut. "Carbonization" is actually cooking the bamboo, so that the color changes all the way through the board, as opposed to staining just the top layer. This is important because bamboo can be refinished and will retain the original color you purchased it at, if it is carbonized.
Often times, the "discount" bamboo pricing from smaller bamboo flooring companies is not only inferior in quality, because of type of bamboo, but also because of time of year of harvest, storage, or a variety of other possibilities. Also, these bamboo flooring companies often do not sell moldings, such as transitions to doors, tile, carpet or sliders. Then you must purchase them on your own through another bamboo flooring company, with no assurance of the right fit or matching look.
There are also stained bamboos. The color is thick, sometimes looks almost painted on, and is very consistently colored.
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