Bamboo flooring is a hard-wearing, environmentally friendly and hygienic alternative to germ and dust-harbouring carpets. In choosing bamboo over hardwood flooring you can be sure no century-old trees will be cut down to make your floor. Bamboo is a sustainable and renewable resource.
Non-acclimatised bamboo flooring can take up moisture and expand, so it’s advisable whenever possible to store stock on the intended site for a week. Occasionally a laid bamboo floor will take up moisture and expand. Bamboo is installed floating i.e. it is not nailed or glued down. If it takes up moisture it can cause the floor to rumple slightly. This is easily rectified and is part of Trade Flooring’s service at no extra cost. Moisture take-up only occurs once.
Trade Flooring imports only Cold-Pressed bamboo flooring with a strictly monitored moisture content of 12% which is more suited to the New Zealand humidity, and general weather conditions. We monitor the moisture content of our Bamboo relative to the property it’s intended for, by doing this the Bamboo acclimates to reduces moisture take up. It is of course much harder than traditional hardwood floors. Once installed Trade Flooring’s pre-finished bamboo floors are immediately foot-traffic ready. No drying or curing time is required.
Bamboo is a grass, and the product imported by Trade Flooring is harvested in China. It reaches maturity at approximately six years after which it is harvested and replanted. The manufacturing process sees the bamboo cut into strips lengthwise with outer layer and knots removed. The strips are pressed to separate the fibres and allow glue to flow between them and form a solid block.
The adhesives used in Cold-pressed bamboo emit significantly less formaldehyde than Hot-pressed product. Formaldehyde is a necessary component to repel grass-loving fauna which might otherwise take your floor out for dinner. Cold-pressed bamboo meets stringent European requirements for formaldehyde emissions and is certified also by US and Australasian government bodies as being below allowable emissions.
Two surface finishing coats from Treffert, a German leader in wood finishing coatings, assure an unbeatably hard-wearing surface.