Bamboo parquet: opinions, characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. Shades of bamboo floors and do-it-yourself laying of floating parquet.
Bamboo parquet, characteristics
Thebamboo parquetit is found in three different structures: horizontal, vertical and pressed bamboo (stand woven).
Bamboo production is carried out with "wood" obtained from 4 - 5 year old plants, cut and peeled. The bamboo plants are then sectioned into rods, it is based on the arrangement of these rods that there are parquet strips with a horizontal or vertical structure.
To accomplish thestand woven parquetonly the upper part of the plant is used: the tips of the bamboo are too thin to give life to the bamboo parquet with a horizontal or vertical structure. The upper part of the plant is then pressed and glued.
The bamboo strips retain the properties of the same plants: the bamboo parquet, in fact, exhibits a high degree of flexibility and, in terms of strength, can exhibit properties equal to or superior to those of iron.
Bamboo parquet, advantages
Among its advantages, we see that thebamboo parquet, compared to the traditional one, it is not very subject to swelling and shrinkage. This is because it is less sensitive to humidity. It has an extremely hard, solid and highly resistant surface.
They are not missingadvantagesenvironmental (and economic): bamboo is a fast growing plant. It takes just over three years to mature and regenerates naturally, without the need to be replanted. For its cultivation, it does not require fertilizers or pesticides.
Speaking again of the"Pro"and of the "advantages" of using bamboo compared to wood for the production of parquet, we can say that the bamboo strips have a greater hardness than those of wood, but only after having undergone an aluminum oxide treatment. From a technical point of view, thebambooit is particularly robust and resistant. In the tests ofBrinell hardnessbamboo parquet proved to be better than all common types of wood used for the production of traditional parquet. By hardness we mean the resistance it opposes to penetration, which means that a bamboo floor is much harder to damage than a cherry, oak or teak parquet floor would.
Its hardness and its resistance to humidity make thebamboo floorvery easy to clean. Compared to traditional parquet, abamboo floorreduced maintenance requirement.
Bamboo parquet, laying
Like theparquettraditional, the installation can be done by gluing, interlocking, with the floating technique, or on radiant screeds.
The DIY pose of thefloating bamboo parquetit is simpler than doing it yourself with traditional parquet. The reason? Bamboo is less hygroscopic, which means that it is less prone to "shrink" and therefore the use of joints is minimal. For all information on laying thefloating bamboo parquet we refer you to the DIY guide:laying of the floating parquet.
Bamboo parquet and underfloor heating
Theunderfloor heatingiscontraindicatedonly in some types of traditional parquet. As for the bamboo parquet, the most suitable is the pressed type (stand woven) or vertical structure. When bamboo parquet is to be laid on a screed with radiant panels to ensure underfloor heating, it must be heat treated.
Light or dark parquet
Among the disadvantages there is a smaller choice of colors. If with traditional wood you can choose from a large number of shades, with bamboo parquet you can choose between lighter or darker tones.
The natural color of the bamboo is a shadehoney, very clear. Without the use of dyes but by carrying out a carbonization or evaporation process, the bamboo can be darkened.
In the photo above, the natural bamboo parquet, honey color. In the photo below, bamboo darkened by a carbonization process (without chemical dyes).