Cork and Bamboo Flooring Information
Alexanian's carries a wide selection of bamboo and cork flooring in all our stores!
We bring you product from all the leading manufacturers, such as; Quickstyle, Solida, Jelinek and Teragren.
Plus, Alexanian's installs everything we sell.
Most bamboo comes from Vietnam and China where bamboo grows quickly and can be harvested every 7 to 8 years. Bamboo is a renewable, environmental friendly product. After harvesting, the bamboo will reproduce itself from the same stalk.
Bamboo is technically a grass. It is naturally green and then stained. Bamboo flooring is very hard, with a Janka rating of 1100-1300, which is similar to the hardness of some oak species and birch. Bamboo is water and stain resistant and since it is a laminated product it is very stable.
Cork flooring is harvested from the cork oak species. It is strictly regulated and limited to nine-year cycles. The individual cork oak tree must be at least 25 years old before they are harvested. The trees are never cut. Only the bark is removed, which grows back.
In addition to the environmental benefits, there are many practical advantages of cork flooring. Cork is waterproof (think of the cork in a bottle), and the natural waxy substance inherent in cork, called suberin, makes it mold and mildew resistant. Cork also has fire retardant and acoustic properties. Cork has resilience, allowing it to spring back after being compressed by furniture.
Cork comes in different patterns and can be easily dyed. It is also very durable. The US library of Congress has a cork floor that has lasted over 100 years.
Care of Cork and Bamboo Floors
For detailed care and maintenance tips
visit our care and maintenance page.
Bamboo and Cork terms:
Floating Floor Installation
Tiles or planks are either glued or snapped together.
Refers to the process of caramelizing the natural sugars present in bamboo through steaming. This helps to darken the bamboo.
Flooring planks are cut slightly angled on the surface edges. Micro-bevel edges aid in the reduction of uneven plank heights while offering a more handcrafted appearance.
Mao is one of the largest and strongest bamboo species and most used in the production of bamboo flooring.