When shopping through the various kinds of bamboo flooring, it is important to know the benefits and downfalls of each type of bamboo floor before making a purchase. So for that reason we are going to take a look at the pros and cons of carbonized bamboo flooring. Keep in mind in this instance that we are looking at its pros and cons compared to other types of bamboo floors. If you are interested in the pros and cons of bamboo flooring in general, check out that page of the site.
First though what is carbonized bamboo flooring? Carbonized bamboo flooring is created by using a heat intensive process (either boiling or steaming) on the pieces of bamboo before they are used to form the plank. This process brings out other colors in the bamboo besides the lighter straw-like color that most natural bamboo is seen in. This makes carbonized bamboo floors the obvious choice for a home-owner seeking a green alternative but not satisfied by the limited range of color associated with other forms of bamboo flooring. But before making that purchase, it is important to know a little more about carbonized bamboo flooring.
Which brings us to the pros and cons – let’s start with the good news first:
Pros of Carbonized Bamboo Flooring
Color is the obvious one that I already pointed out. The process of carbonization brings out deeper and richer colors in the bamboo. Whereas anyone considering bamboo flooring might have been stuck with a light color scheme that may or may not suit the rest of the colors in their house, carbonized bamboo allows the floors to be manufactured in a large range of darker browns.
It’s Green! Of course being bamboo, one of the biggest pros is that it is a green alternative. Obviously carbonized bamboo flooring is not any greener than the other types of bamboo flooring, but I still thought that this should be included here. When bought from a manufacturer that is known to be following good standards, you can rest assured that your purchase of carbonized bamboo flooring is benefiting the environment by coming from a renewable resource and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
Cons of Carbonized Bamboo Flooring (I really only came up with one)
Hardness can be more of a problem with carbonized bamboo flooring than strand woven or natural bamboo flooring. The term “carbonized” sometimes carries with it a connotation that the product will be harder. Unfortunately, in this case, that is not what happens. The process of boiling or steaming carbonized bamboo flooring actually weakens the naturally hard structure of the bamboo. If you have ever seen the process of caramelizing sugar, then you will have an idea of what is happening to the bamboo. The carbonization process alters the sugars in the bamboo which weakens the resulting carbonized bamboo flooring.
But that is not the end of the story, so do not let that stop you if you are considering carbonized bamboo flooring. The finish that is added to the outside of the carbonized bamboo flooring makes a big difference in the final durability of the product. I highly recommend finding some samples from reputable manufacturers and doing some of your own tests to compare to other hardwood samples you collect.