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Sample is -by-3 inch
square-edge solid strip.
Top portion is finished
with water base urethane;
bottom with oil modified
polyurethane
.



Appearance
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.

Properties

HARDNESS (JANKA): Bamboo is a grass.   Janka values vary widely between various manufacturers and between horizontal and vertical construction.
DIMENSIONAL STABILITY: Engineered construction.


Workability
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 floor can..
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.

COMMENTS: Mostly available factory-finished.  Because the product is rigid, installers should pay careful attention to the flatness of the subfloor.

Availability
Readily available.



Information Provided by The National Wood Flooring Association

For information on wood species not covered on our web site
give us a call at 973-471-7171 or stop by our showroom.