Bamboo flooring has been increasing in popularity during recent years due to the fact that it is more affordable and sustainable than hardwood floors. There are three main styles of bamboo flooring available, each of which is briefly discussed below.
1. Horizontal cut: The most recognizable bamboo flooring, this style displays the bamboo’s growth rings and involves placing stalks next to each other horizontally. Also known as engineered bamboo flooring, the horizontal cut features stalks that are glued and laminated on top of a substrate, making them less reliable than those of other styles.
2. Vertical cut: Also called solid bamboo flooring, this style compresses bamboo stalks together on their sides. This creates a look that is more striped in appearance than the horizontal cut, but it is also much stronger. Vertical cut bamboo flooring is also more uniform in appearance due to the closeness of each stalk.
3. Strand-woven bamboo: This is the strongest style and involves shredding and compressing bamboo together. It has the least traditional look because colors and lengths are often blended together, but it can provide a unique look to a room. Strand-woven bamboo flooring also uses a lot more adhesive than the other styles.