COLOR: Typically available in light (manila/yellowtones) or dark (tannish
brown) shades. Colors vary between manufacturers.
GRAIN: Distinctive grain pattern shows nodes from the bamboo stalks.
VARIATIONS WITHIN SPECIES AND GRADES: Available either horizontally or
vertically laminated. Horizontal construction tends to show nodes more prominently.
HARDNESS (JANKA): Bamboo is a grass.
Janka values vary widely between various manufacturers and between horizontal and
DIMENSIONAL STABILITY: Engineered construction.
SAWING/MACHINING: Cuts easily with most tools.
SANDING: Due to its unique, fibrous structure, bamboo should not be
sanded across the grain or at a 45-degree angle to the grain. Its light color tends to
show swirl marks, other sanding marks and finish imperfections, much as a light maple
NAILING: No known problems
FINISHING: All surface-type finishes have been used successfully with
bamboo. Darker colors may tend to show lap marks-moving quickly during application and
applying finishquickly around cut-in areas can
minimize this effect. Filling is recommended.
available factory-finished. Because the product is rigid, installers should pay
careful attention to the flatness of the subfloor.