Contrary to what many people might think, bamboo is a variety of grass. Unlike hardwood trees, it can grow quite rapidly. In some cases, people have found bamboo trees growing by as many as three feet a day. In areas where bamboo plants are quite common, people harvest all the bamboo plants every five to six years. In other words, they typically harvest about 20 percent of the bamboo plants in an area each year. As a result, the harvesting does not kill the bamboo plant. More importantly, the harvesters do not disturb the roots of the original plant. Thus, the roots will put out new stalks without requiring any replanting.
Bamboo plants have a Janka hardness quotient that is about 25 percent greater than red oak. In some cases, bamboo plants might be even harder than maple too. Because bamboo is a grass, it can resist moisture better than any variety of hardwood. As a result, bamboo flooring does not expand as much as hardwood flooring does. In addition, bamboo flooring is strong and durable. Furthermore, you can sand and refinish it just like you would any other floors. Despite these benefits, some people prefer other varieties of flooring material. This is because bamboo flooring could:
- Emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Workers manufacture bamboo floor planks by slicing or shredding the stalk of the bamboo grass plant. Then, with the help of heat, pressure and a resin-based adhesive, they adhere the pieces back together. Over time, this adhesive can emit VOCs into the air of the interior space.
- Develop Scratches and Stains: Similar to carpet floors in Sutherland Shire and the neighbouring areas, bamboo floors can develop scratches and stains. With time, common items like the claws of your pets, the high heels that women wear and furniture legs can damage the surface of bamboo floors. Similarly, small grit and sand particles can cause scratches on the floor as well.
- Sustain Damage by Water: Bamboo can resist water damage better than most varieties of hardwood. But, as it comprises organic elements, it will sustain water damage too. This is especially in case it comes into contact with excessive levels of water. Exposure to water could make it warp or facilitate the growth of moulds.
- Sustain Damage Based on the Local Humidity Levels: In humid areas, the moisture in the environment could make the bamboo floor planks become plump. Similarly, in dry areas, these planks could shrink. In both cases, cracks will start emerging in the planks.