Q: How are bamboo floors made?
A: Bamboo poles are split lengthwise, leaving crescent-shaped splits of bamboo. These splits are then run through a shaper to give them all a rectangular cross-section. These milled splits are then kiln-dried, color-selected and laminated together using a cold press and high-tech European glues. The resulting planks are then milled in a variety of ways to produce flooring to suit your needs.
Q: How are the strips of bamboo joined and what is their overall appearance?
A: Our bamboo floors are laminated with the vertical grain showing. This not only provides greater stability to prevent cupping and delaminating, but also allows for a more refined and even color. The vertical grain of our bamboo floors have been drop-tested and are rated harder than oak and maple.
Q: What are engineered floors?
A: Engineered floors signify the layers of the floor are cross-laminated. For example, the grain of the top “wear layer” runs north-south. The grain of the middle layer, or “core” runs east-west. The grain of “backing layer” once again runs north-south. All of our engineered floors come pre-finished with aluminum oxide and have square edges (no V-grooves to trap dirt and moisture).
Q: What are the advantages of your engineered bamboo floors?
A: Our engineered floors are made to create a floor that has maximum dimensional stability. Once the floor is put together, the force of the various cross-laminated layers averages out to zero, therefore, the floor is stable enough to “float” (see below), nail down or glue down. An engineered floor is less likely to be affected by temperature and humidity changes.
Q: Are engineered floors the same as laminate floors?
A: Absolutely not! Laminate floors are photographs of wood printed on plastic and glued to a particle-board plank. They cannot be refinished. Scratches and dings often go right through to the particle-board core inviting moisture problems and affecting longevity.
Q: What are solid bamboo floors?
A: The grain of a solid floor is oriented in one direction throughout the body of the plank. Whereas an engineered floor has a cross-laminated core, a solid floor does not. Solid floors must be nailed to a healthy panel substrate. They are typically more aesthetically pleasing to a consumer who likes the notion of a 100% bamboo floor.
Q: What is a “floating” floor?
A: Engineered floors can be “floated.” This means that rather than nailing or gluing the planks to the subfloor, the boards are edge-glued together above an underlayment. A floor may be floated above a concrete subfloor, above radiant heat and in condominiums where a nail-down floor is either not possible or not permitted. Other advantages of a floated floor are that much less sound travels from the floor above to the living space below. Most walking sounds you hear from the floor above are transmitted through the floor, to the nails, into the joists and out through the ceiling of the floor below. A floated floor expands and contracts as one giant piece, not as individual boards.
Q: What is SPC?
A: SPC Flooring is the biggest current trend in flooring. It is a unique stone plastic composite product featuring a Uni-Clic® locking system. SPC Flooring is completely waterproof, eco-friendly, easy to install, and available in many patterns and styles including realistic wood patterns.
Q: What is BSPC?
A: BSPC Flooring is the newest upcoming trend in wood flooring. It features a real bamboo veneer attached to a traditional SPC base. BSPC Flooring provides all the benefits of SPC Flooring with the look and feel of real hardwood. BSPC features unmatched water-resistance for up to 72 hours, and is eco-friendly, sustainable and stylish.