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grain and color in bamboo flooring

Most Bamboo Flooring manufacturers offer their products in two constructions: Vertical Grain and Horizontal [sometimes referred to as “Flat”] Grain. These two Bamboo constructions result in very different visual styles, which you can see below.

flat grain and vertical grain

You’ll be able to see more of the natural decorative knuckles (growth spurts) in the Horizontal/Flat Grain Bamboo flooring, because of the way the bamboo strips are orientated when manufactured.

In addition to the difference in graining above, you will also see there’s a difference in color. Natural [seen on the right] Bamboo Flooring offers the lighter natural color of the board. Carbonized [also referred to as “Spiced” or “Caramelized” and seen on the left above] darker color that appears on Bamboo through a pressure heating process. This warm color is different and more beneficial than a stain because it is present through the entire thickness of the Bamboo board. If in the future you choose to sand and refinish your carbonized bamboo floor, you’ll simply be able to put a coat of finish on it and the flooring will retain its warm color.

Some Bamboo Flooring manufacturers, like Teragren, also offer bamboo floors in a variety of other colors. These floors are stained, but still retain the Vertical or Horizontal grain that the Bamboo Floor was constructed with. With stained products, in order to retain the color you’d have to re-stain the floor after sanding.



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looking for 660 Sq/Ft. 5/8 x 3 5/8 VG Carmelized Bamboo. price and Lead time.
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I need assistance for some info in regard to some Solid Bamboo flooring we purchased from a 3rd party. The end of the box does not show the does show the following:: Solid bamboo flooring color # 439153 and a # 440203, along with the size, quantity, and weight. Also, I need to know if the product is safe? Also, if we can order more. Any assistance you can give me would be very much appreciated. Thanks, Dorothy
Date: December 16, 2013
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Good article. Explains bamboo grains well.

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