Strand Woven Bamboo: The Best Floor For An Office

If you’re shopping for new flooring for the office there are more things to consider than the floor’s durability. The type of floor you choose says a lot about your company and the right one can make a lasting impression on the people you want to impress.

You might just be looking for a durable, yet fashionable floor that you don’t have to replace, is easy to maintain and provides as much function as it does decorator appeal. Or, you could be looking for all of the above, but you also want a conversation piece and something that will make a statement about your company. If this sounds like you, then strand woven bamboo flooring is the optimal choice.

First, bamboo is one of the greenest floors out there, and that can be important to prospective customers. In fact, no one will condemn your choice for choosing a green floor like stranded bamboo, regardless of whether or not they take active steps to promote environmental friendliness. A strand woven bamboo floor gives you a story to tell and not just something on which you walk.

Strand woven bamboo is made when the natural bamboo is shredded into strips and then bonded back together with intense heat and resins. The construction types can vary just like hardwood floors. There are solid strand woven bamboo floors, engineered strand woven bamboo floors.  When made correctly, strand woven bamboo can be three times harder than red oak making it perfect for commercial flooring applications.

Engineered stranded bamboo is a tough veneer attached to a multi-ply construction of a common wood material. Solid strand woven bamboo floors are bamboo from top to bottom.  Either of these choices is great for commercial floors and perfect for areas that got a lot of foot traffic.

Like hardwood floors, the quality of the finish has a lot to do with how well the floor will perform over its lifetime.  It’s usually a combination of polyurethane and aluminum oxide, and the factors that affect this are both the quality of the chemicals used and how many finish coats are used.  

Inferior chemicals can create toxic emissions and companies who use them likely aren’t concerned about the effect the manufacturing of their products is having on the environment. What you see is a floor, but as you travel down the rabbit hole, you might find that the claims of “green flooring” are largely overstated.

When shopping for strand woven bamboo flooring, you want to be sure you’re buying from a reputable manufacturer with a sound track record of doing the right thing by the environment, because those who take the time to do just that are more likely concerned about quality. They’ll also be the ones that are still around to honor any warranties.

There are a lot of commercial floors out there on the market and several different directions you can go. From commercial vinyl to commercial carpet and even commercial hardwood, all can be practical choices and provide the function you need, but strand woven bamboo floors standout in a crowd for a multitude of reasons. And when choosing anything for your business, making an effort to standout is always a good idea, whether you’re choosing flooring or having business cards printed. 

Stranded bamboo flooring says your company is different, and that every detail is considered before action is taken.

One thought on “Strand Woven Bamboo: The Best Floor For An Office”

  1. Yes it’s true that bamboo floors are the new sweetheart of those who consider themselves environmentally conscious. But if you are truly interested in how environmentally conscious your flooring choice is as opposed to how environmentally trendy it is then bamboo may not be your wisest choice.
    The first consideration is durability. Although stranded/woven bamboo has Janka hardness rating of 3000 which is higher than almost all wood species, these results can be deceiving. The Janka test doesn’t take into consideration the real world conditions which expose the durability issues of bamboo flooring.
    My experience with customers requesting proposals to re-finish their bamboo flooring is that these floors, in spite of their relative hardness, are VERY susceptible to sharp object abrasions and scratching. Being a grass rather than a wood, bamboo is very fibrous. Unlike wood flooring, when scratched these fibers which are very strong and usually run the length of the plank can separate. Once this process begins it seems to accelerate exponentially because once a fiber separates the adjacent fibers are much more vulnerable to wear. This can create a very unsightly floor much sooner than other flooring options.
    When this happens customers call contractors like myself to re-finish their bamboo floor. This is where the real liability of bamboo flooring becomes apparent. In short, bamboo floors cannot be effectively re-finished. If you can get past the noxious fumes generated by trying to sand a bamboo floor, you can never find a grit that will prevent the fibers from separating leaving a smooth floor ready for finish.
    Unfortunately, the end result is the floor will have to be replaced. I’m not sure how environmentally friendly having to prematurely replace your floor is but it doesn’t seem very “green” to me.
    It is possible that your office application may not experience the type of traffic which prematurely destroys bamboo flooring, and if not, this may be an attractive option for you. It is certainly true that bamboo is perceived as an environmentally conscious choice. So, if your impressionable customers will be sufficiently impressed with your flooring choice to increase your bottom line enough pay for replacing your bamboo floor prematurely then go for it.

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