A Comparison between Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring
Making strand woven bamboo flooring and cork flooring
Both strand woven bamboo flooring and cork flooring are sustainable flooring types because they are made from renewable resources. This post will compare these two types of flooring.
Most strand woven bamboo flooring comes from China. It is made by cutting moso bamboo into strands which are then boiled to remove sugars. After this the strands are compressed with a low VOC adhesive under pressure to produce a block of hard strand woven bamboo that can be milled into flooring planks.
The process to make cork flooring is similar. Most cork oak trees grow in the Mediterranean area. After 25 years the cork oak is ready to be harvested for its bark. The bark is peeled off without damaging the tree. A cork oak produces a harvest of cork bark or cork cambium every nine years. It is the third and subsequent harvests of cork which are good enough to make cork flooring. First the cork is allowed to dry then it is boiled to remove the outer bark. Then it is ground up and mixed with low VOC adhesive and finally the mix is compressed. The result is a block of cork that can be cut into cork flooring tiles.
Although the processes of making strand woven bamboo flooring and cork flooring are similar, there is one vital difference: the cork oak is not killed in the process. This means the tree continues to absorb carbon and give off oxygen, and it continues to be part of the bio-diversity of the forest. In contrast, huge areas of Guangdong Province are clear cut for bamboo cultivation. It is possible to grow bamboo without fertilizers and pesticides but it is very hard to know how environmentally friendly much of the agriculture is behind the Iron Rice Bowl.
There are two main similarities between cork flooring and strand woven bamboo flooring. The first is that they are cheaper than hardwood flooring. The second is that they are both excellent flooring choices for people with allergies and asthma. Both strand woven bamboo flooring and cork flooring contain natural chemicals that fight off pests and pathogens. This makes them both mold and fungal resistant and also anti-microbial. They are both good at stopping the spread of dust mites in a house. It is mold, fungus and dust mites that are the main triggers for allergic rhinitis.
strand woven bamboo flooring
The differences between the two flooring types are interesting. Cork is light and full of air. As a consequence it is soft underfoot and a good thermal and acoustic insulator. In contrast, strand woven bamboo is very hard (one of the hardest flooring types) and reflects heat and sound rather than absorbing it.
Of the two types of flooring, strand woven bamboo is probably the best to deal with heavy furniture and high traffic situations; but, cork is the most comfortable to walk on and sit on.
Finally, it terms of appearance, strand woven bamboo flooring has a closer appearance to hardwood flooring with its grain and color. However, cork is very easy to stain and can be made to suit any type of indoor décor.
If you are considering whether to buy cork flooring or strand woven bamboo flooring it is worth considering if the flooring will see heavy traffic. It is also worth checking out the environmental credentials of the strand woven bamboo producer. And finally, it is a good idea to see samples to decide which you think looks the best.
Whichever you choose, you are sure to get flooring which is healthy and from a renewable resource.
Resources for strand woven bamboo flooring and cork flooring
- Sustainable Flooring and Green Interior Design
Sustainable flooring is very relevant to green interior design and in particular cork flooring is of great relevance to green interior design.
- Cork Underlayment - Best Choice For the Environment
Not only does cork make great flooring it also makes great underlayment for a variety of flooring types. The reason why cork makes good underlayment is that it is a flexible and strong material that nicely corrects any imperfections in the sub-floor.
- Bamboo is one of the Answers
There are over 1,600 species of bamboo in the world. It is a wonderfully adaptive plant that can grow in nearly all latitudes and climates.
- Cleaning Cork Flooring
A guide to safely cleaning cork flooring.
- A Comparison between Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring and Coconut Flooring
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.
- Cork Flooring Guide
The Cork Flooring Guide gives information about the best cork flooring to buy online with lots of extra information about the benefits, maintenance and installation of cork flooring.
- Strand woven bamboo flooring
Strand woven bamboo flooring is a strong and durable alternative to hardwood flooring. It is 50% cheaper than hardwood flooring and is easy to install. Bamboo is a renewable resource and it is environmentally friendly.
- About Cork Bark and Cork Flooring
Cork has been used since ancient times. It is an incredibly versatile material that man has been using for millennia. As far back as 2500 BC the ancient Egyptians were using cork for fishing floats.
- Buy Cork Flooring
Cork is harvested without damaging the cork oak tree. It is a strong, light flooring that is attractive and has many useful properties.
- Before You Buy a Hardwood Floor Consider This
Before you buy a hardwood floor you should consider the future health of the planet. Every second an acre and a half of rainforest is cut down. In 40 years there will be no rainforests left.
- Suberin in Cork Flooring
Suberin is a natural substance in cork that makes cork flooring fire retardant, water resistant, mold and fungal resistant and anti-microbial.