Carbonized Bamboo Flooring – Types, Pros and Cons

What is Carbonized Bamboo Flooring?

Bamboo flooring is a renowned naturally produced material. The initial color of bamboo is light (blonde shade) as it is a grass and not a wood type. The carbonized bamboo comes in deeper timber shades when it is steamed or boiled. This process is called “Carbonization”. The different types of color shades are produced by heating the bamboo for longer and shorter duration. These bamboo shades are visually attractive and add a great deal of aesthetic ambiance to any coordinate.

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Carbonized Bamboo Flooring Types:

Carbonized bamboo comes in two varieties vertical carbonized bamboo and horizontal carbonized bamboo. The differences between the horizontal and vertical carbonized bamboo can be easily distinguished. These variations in the strip patterns are quite attractive and unique for an elegant semblance in the interiors. Horizontal bamboo appears with distinguished growth rings, where as vertical bamboo has a uniform array of growth rings (only difference is alignment). Horizontal bamboo stripes are wider with nodes in each plank whereas vertical bamboo strips are thinner and longitudinal with no traces of nodes.

Carbonized Bamboo Flooring Pros:

  • Bamboo is a fast growing Eco-friendly material. The carbonization process doesn’t involve any chemical treatments enabling the carbonized bamboo as an Eco-friendly material.
  • Carbonized bamboo is not at all expensive its relative cost is same as the natural bamboo flooring.
  • The flooring is free from dust, allergies, insects and mites. It is easy to clean and keep up. 
  • They are easy to install like the other hardwood or natural bamboo flooring and resistant to moisture.
  • Carbonization of bamboo is generally done to offer multiple shades for customers.
  • They are stain resistant and never get faded.

Carbonized Bamboo Flooring Cons:

  • Carbonized bamboo flooring is softer than natural bamboo floors. They reduce their hardness up to 20% making them easily susceptible to dents.
  • It cannot be used in high traffic areas. Its applications are restricted to only residential use. Even though few carbonized bamboo flooring is suggested for commercial purpose their efficiency is still an uncertainty.

Is carbonized bamboo flooring apt for residential expanses?

Yes the finishes of these carbonized bamboo flooring is coated with Aluminum Oxide making it less prone denting and marring. It can also act as moisture barrier up to certain level.

No flooring option available in the market comes with 100% guaranteed resistance to flooring troubles. There are always few limitations for every type. Carbonized bamboo flooring may not be a tough flooring option but still is most resilient and maniac flooring option for hardwood flooring admirers.

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Carbonized Bamboo Flooring – Types, Pros and Cons was last modified: July 9th, 2013 by Jason Valasek

23 thoughts on “Carbonized Bamboo Flooring – Types, Pros and Cons

  1. Loretta

    I have a heavy piano in my home… which wood flooring would you recommend for a humid environment that gets heavy wear? THANKS! Oh, and when are you coming to Huntington Beach, California? :)

    1. Jason Valasek

      Hi Loretta! I would recommend the Floating Hardwood Floors. This flooring material is ideal for use in areas where there is extreme humidity changes as it can expand and contract conveniently. This is also extremely resistant to moisture and can be installed even in your basement where there are chances for a high moisture atmosphere. To protect your flooring from wear or dent because of heavy furniture like piano, you can use thick felt protector pads, or felt discs, with adhesive on one side to stick the pads underneath your piano or use area rugs too – choose high-pile rugs because they are less susceptible to dents and can be easily fluffed when you rearrange furniture.

  2. Rob

    I had carbonized bamboo in my last house, and yes they dent very easy, but they are really nice to look at!

  3. Tina

    I can hardly wait to remove the carpet in my home and replace it with wood of some kind. The information you are posting is invaluable to me. Thanks.

  4. Christy Garrett

    I love the look of the bamboo floors; however, they wouldn’t be ideal in my home because I have children. :) It will be a few more years before we decide to rip up the current floors and change things out. I am considering putting laminate hardwood floors in throughout my home to help reduce the allergens.

  5. Deborah

    I think you’d have to have a home without a lot of people walking around on it to keep it looking nice. This would make it not such a good choice for most of us. It’s nice to have the option though.

  6. All Floors Inc.

    Bamboo flooring shares many of the positive benefits of a hardwood floor, as well as its drawbacks and vulnerabilities. The more you understand the properties of this material (whether natural or carbonized), the better informed you will be when making a purchasing or maintenance decision.

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