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A Comparison between Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring and Coconut Flooring
More about coconut
Strand woven bamboo flooring and coconut flooring are both made from renewable resources and so both are examples of sustainable flooring. These two types of environmentally friendly flooring share several striking similarities.
Coconut palms grow in hot and humid climates. Since coconut palms cannot survive frost they mostly grow in the tropics. The biggest producers of coconuts in the world are the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Brazil. Many islands in the South Pacific rely on coconuts as an essential part of their diet and income. A coconut can grow from a seed to full maturity in just 5 or 6 years. It is this incredible rate of growth that makes coconut palms a renewable resource. Unlike bamboo, coconut is not harvested for flooring when it first reaches maturity. Instead coconut palms are left for 60 or 70 years while they produce coconuts. After that time they stop producing coconuts and are called senile palms. There are millions of senile palms in the world. They represent an under-exploited resource. Although coconut palms are not trees, the timber from senile palms is strong and hard with a beautiful end grain. This timber is ideal for making flooring from.
More about bamboo
Bamboo grows in a much wider area than coconut palms. Like coconut it is
not a tree. It is a woody plant, and a unique one at that. It is the
fastest growing species on the planet. Bamboo is ready to harvest in
just 5 to 7 years. There are many advantages to bamboo cultivation. It
propagates through a root system so doesn’t have to be planted. It has a
natural resistance to pests and pathogens and so doesn’t need
pesticides to flourish. Planting bamboo stops soil erosion and cleans
the soil. And bamboo produces more oxygen than trees.
To make bamboo flooring the bamboo is cut and dried and then glued as vertical or horizontal flooring planks. To make strand woven bamboo flooring the bamboo is cut into strands which are then treated with heat, pressure and a glue to produce a hard block of bamboo. This block is then cut into strand woven bamboo flooring planks. The advantage of strand woven bamboo flooring is that it is much harder than vertical or horizontal flooring. The downside is that it requires an adhesive for its production. More reputable producers of strand woven bamboo flooring use a low VOC adhesive, but so far nobody is making VOC free strand woven bamboo flooring. In contrast it is possible to buy coconut flooring made without VOC, especially if you opt for coconut flooring without urethane sealer then you can get VOC free flooring. However, the reality is that the more protective finishes, even those with water based solvents, all contain small amounts of VOC.
Comparison of bamboo and coconut
In terms of
performance strand woven bamboo flooring and coconut flooring are
similar. Both are strong, hard and durable flooring types that with a
minimum of maintenance can last a lifetime. They are both capable of
withstanding high traffic and heavy furniture. Strand woven bamboo
flooring has an incredible Janka Hardness Rating of 2,500 pounds force.
Coconut flooring has a Janka Hardness of 1,600 pounds force. Both are
harder than oak, ash and many other common hardwoods.
Although strand woven bamboo flooring and coconut flooring each have their own distinctive appearance, they are similar in that they are both natural looking flooring types with a grain. Both types of flooring are available in lighter natural tones and darker ‘carbonized’ tones. Both look like hardwood and perform like hardwood flooring.
In terms of health, both bamboo and coconut flooring offer hard surfaces that are easy to keep free of dust mites that frequently trigger allergic attacks. However, strand woven bamboo flooring is also anti-microbial and has a natural ability to fight off pathogens. This amazing ability has lead to many people asking for bamboo floors and bamboo linen in hospitals.
Finally, in terms of price coconut flooring and strand woven bamboo flooring are usually cheaper than hardwood flooring. Coconut flooring is still a relatively new idea so it might be easier to buy strand woven bamboo flooring from a local dealer than it is coconut flooring. Both strand woven bamboo flooring and coconut flooring are excellent and beautiful looking alternatives to hardwood flooring.
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