A common error some make about bamboo is that it is a type of
hardwood. Not to be confused with common associations of many species of
grass, bamboo is actually a type of grass which matures into a material
that can rival the hardness of maple! Being well adapted to the
environment in which bamboo commonly grows, each bamboo plant thrives in
areas of fair to poor soil quality, and still remains to be one of the
fastest growing plants in the world.
Controlled harvesting of the bamboo plant has very little impact on
each individual stalk, which will continue to grow long after
harvesting. This is what makes bamboo such a renewable source of
flooring material, and why it is often associated with environmentally
minded choices for flooring. The fact that it is such a uniquely
attractive flooring option makes bamboo flooring an extremely beneficial
choice for your own interior environment!
Once the bamboo has been harvested, the outer layer of green “skin”
is removed and each stalk is cut into lengthwise strips or “fillets”.
These curved fillets of bamboo are milled along their outer edges in
order to flatten them. The excess elements of this process will go into
another type of bamboo flooring that is called “strand-woven bamboo
flooring” – more on that later. The flattened strips of bamboo are then
kiln dried in order to remove the natural moisture in the bamboo, and
are then boiled. The bamboo fillets are now ready to be glued together
to make a solid, dependable surface that is more than suitable for
The bamboo undergoes one final compression stage, which makes it that
much more durable and ready to ship. Tongue and groove elements are
added in order to make an installation as easy as possible. It should be
mentioned that the outcome of this manufacturing process is dependent
on which kind of bamboo flooring is being made. There are several types
of bamboo flooring, both in terms of cut and of color, and some
differences in how they are processed.
Horizontal Or Vertical Installation
During the gluing process, the bamboo can either be bound with the
narrow edges facing up, which results in a thin, channel pattern in the
bamboo flooring, or so that the broader surface of the bamboo is bound
facing upward, making for a surface that is more akin to traditional
hardwood patterns. These styles of bamboo flooring are known as vertical
and horizontal bamboo flooring respectively.
There are visual benefits for each one, depending on your personal
taste, but both remain to be decorative choices. The horizontal style is
striking for its “knuckle” or “node” patterns, that is, the pattern
naturally occurring in the bamboo that are the equivalent of “growth
rings” in many hardwood species. The vertical style is a unique surface
that remains unmatched by any other natural flooring material,
characterized by decorative, narrow channels caused by the binding of
the bamboo strips.
DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY FOR ANY FLOORING OR CABINETS!!!
This company does not even deserve one star! They are a JOKE!! WORST ever experience with a kitchen and flooring remodel with them. Would NEVER EVER refer any one to this place. Products are crappy, had TWO bad sets of hard wood flooring, delayed work for a week and a day to get new floors, meanwhile, while still trying to live with my 2 young children in the house that is all in shambles as moving things around so floors can be is not easy!! Finally once a good batch of floors came in it took 4 days to get it laid. As for the kitchen....where do i even start?! Cabinets were ordered so horribly, that my 8 year could have done a better job! Contractors made several trips to a warehouse in Chino to get cabinets, and to still come back with the wrong sizes and colors multiple times!! Time wasted for that 5 days! Oh and the contractor that they "referred" didn't speak any English! that makes it very hard to communicate on a project. And it was only ONE guy to do a whole kitchen cabinet job alone! So, so many issues with quality of the installation of cabinets! And so many times of trying to reach out to Jared the so called manager with no care to help! Started this project on 11-14-16 and to this day my kitchen is STILL not 100% complete per the agreement that was made with this company. And the craftsmanship work is very poor quality.
I have to wonder how they are even still in business!! I really wished i would have looked at their reviews before I signed a contract with them, so for that shame on me. I hope that people see this and turn the other way from this company on to better places to door any flooring or cabinets! - By Danielle N
This was my first time using SD Flooring Center & Design. I was very happy with them. My floors were done very well and very quickly, they really look great! They did a very good job, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone.I could not be happier with my new floors. - By Catherine S