If you’re looking for an eco-friendly type of flooring, have you considered bamboo? It is considered to be a sustainable flooring choice because just 16% to 20% of each bamboo crop is harvested at a time. This leaves over 80% of the remaining bamboo forest intact. Furthermore, since it grows much faster than other types of potential flooring materials, it is more readily available and easily replenished.
Janka Ratings for Bamboo and Other Flooring Materials
Bamboo flooring has a higher Janka, or hardness, rating than other types of flooring materials. This means that it can withstand more activity within your home, such as foot traffic and furniture rearranging, without being susceptible to denting.
While Carbonized Solid Strand Bamboo has an average Janka hardness rating of 3646, Natural Solid Strand Bamboo’s average Janka rating is 3780. Given these high ratings, these can both provide you with excellent flooring options.
Since you may be curious about the average Janka ratings for other types of flooring, here are a few examples:
- Northern Red Oak: 1290
- North American Hard Maple: 1450
- Brazilian Cherry: 2800
The Advantages of Natural Bamboo Flooring
Natural bamboo flooring is available in a variety of colors and grains. This makes it a versatile choice for every room in your house. Bamboo flooring can also be sanded down and refinished to revitalize its appearance.
The Advantages of Engineered Strand Bamboo Flooring
Engineered Strand Bamboo flooring is also available in different shades and grains. It is more resilient than a Solid Strand Bamboo floor because it is less susceptible to expanding and contracting when exposed to dry or moist climate conditions. More specifically, this would be with a relative humidity under 35% and a relative humidity above 55%.
When you’re looking for a good solid floor that can withstand the activity level of a busy household, Premium Strand Bamboo flooring is an excellent choice. Since it is also FloorScore certified, there are less VOCs circulating throughout your home. This means that your home’s air quality will be greatly improved.
Premium Strand Bamboo flooring is also easy to maintain and clean. You can sweep, vacuum, and mop these floors just as you would other types of flooring.