Wide plank bamboo flooring is long and wide plank, 3-layer cross laminated, providing highest stability, requiring fewer planks compared than classic bamboo, having fast installation.
Wide plank bamboo flooring has 4 basic styles - horizontal natural, horizontal caramel, vertical natural and vertical caramel. Standard size is 1920x162x15mm.
Wide plank bamboo flooring is 3 layers bamboo strips laminated together. Face layer is horizontal or vertical, core and bottom layers are always oriented in horizontal direction. The 3 layers bamboo are formed and pressed in cross-structure to achieve very stable structure, very suitable for under floor heating installation.
Wide plank bamboo contains no VOCs and utilizes a formaldehyde-free adhesive in the lamination process and conforms to the stringent European E1 standards for formaldehyde emissions.
Solid Wide Plank Bamboo Flooring Manufacturing Process:
Step 1: After harvesting, bamboo is cut into strips. These strips are boiled in a water and boric acid solution. This removes sugars from the stalks which is necessary because sugars attract termites. This boiling process also stops the growth of fungus and mold. Any insects in the bamboo will also be removed.
Step 2: The process of steaming bamboo material under a controlled pressure and temperature is called carbonization, in which bio-organisms and sugar breaks down, and the color of the material darkens.
Step 3: All bamboo strips will be dried in the dry kiln to make the moisture content to be less than 10%. Lower moisture on bamboo strips, higher stability on bamboo flooring.
Step 4: A stringent selection process ensures only premium strips will be used for bamboo flooring. Selected strips are stacked in layers and glued with an environmentally safe adhesive prior to being put through a 1250 ton press to form planks.
Step 5: This plank is then milled in a computerized mill that accurately cuts each board. After the boards are milled, they are sanded and coated with aluminum oxide finish.
Bamboo Flooring Features:
1) Environmentally Friendly - Solid flooring construction, made from 100% rapidly renewable and sustainable Moso bamboo which is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Bamboo can be harvested for flooring production after just four or five years. Bamboo qualifies for 2 LEED credits.
2) Indoor Air Quality - Extremely low emission levels, lower than WHO (World Health Organization) and CARB (California Air Resources Board) standards. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and GECA (Good Environmental Choice Award) accredited. (0.05ppm, E1).
3) Coating - Ten stage Klumpp coating system with ‘Anti-Scratch’ finish utilizing the latest scratch resistant technology combined with an advanced co-polymer primer for optimum finish adhesion. (5H scratch resistant, 5B cross hatch adhesion).
4) Tough & Durable - Bamboo looks like wood, feels like wood, and cuts like wood. It even smells like wood. Horizontal/vertical bamboo has Janka rating of 7.5, strand woven bamboo has Janka rating of 15.8, oak has Janka rating of 5.5, Ipe has Janka rating of 16.2.