One of the most frequently asked questions the simpleFLOORS flooring specialists get asked is “What is strand woven bamboo?” The easy answer is; it is a harder version of traditional style bamboo flooring, but it is a little more complicated than just that answer.
The real answer to the question, “What is strand woven bamboo” is a little more complicated. Traditional bamboo flooring is made by cutting bamboo into thin, narrow strips and laying them either vertically or horizontally. This type of bamboo floor looks like a bamboo floor. The growth knuckles are very visible and the seams where the strips are joined together are also very apparent. Regular bamboo floors rate about 1500 pounds on the Janka scale.
Strand woven bamboo flooring is constructed by taking the strips that can’t be used for traditional bamboo floors and running them through a shredder. The shredding process loosens the fibers of the bamboo to make it much more mend-able. After the bamboo strips are shredded that are dipped in a water base, low VOC adhesive and moved to a compressing machine. The compressor will then squish the bamboo down from about an 8′ by 8′ pile into a 1′ by 1′ block.
Once the strand is compressed it is set aside to cure for a couple of days. Once the bamboo blocks are cured they are run through a milling machine where they are cut into varying sizes depending on what type of Premium Green Bamboo Strand Woven product they will become. Once the product is run through the staining an texturing process it comes out looking much more like a wood floor than a standard bamboo floor. Strand woven bamboo has a Janka hardness rating of 3000 pounds.
simpleFLOORS offers a wide range of strand woven bamboo floors ready for you know that you know what strand woven bamboo actually is and how it is made.