Bamboo Decking And How Its Increase Of Use In The Market
Bamboo decking is one of the oldest materials used in history for aesthetic and building purposes. This is primarily due to the fact that it is a sturdy material that grows everywhere and there is a constant abundance of it, as it grows very quickly. It can grow up to 36 inches per year, and has a regrowth period of 3 years, in comparison to timber which has a regrowth period of 30-50 years.
As a result of this, bamboo decking has long been a staple building material for many countries, especially Asian countries such as China.
Originally, bamboo decking was not considered a good material for building due to the fact that pests would eat it. It also would display the strips in the material, which did not look good.
However, with progressing technology, manufacturers were able to remove the pest’s food source and replace it with plastic or resin, which creates a form of composite.
This was done by mimicking traditional wood composite flooring methods, but instead of wood, the fibre component was replaced by bamboo decking.
Incorporating bamboo decking involves cooking the sugar out, then impregnating the flooring strips with phenolic resin which results in their fusion. These are then bound with the same resin material used to develop bowling balls.
The use of bamboo decking makes for a more solid composite flooring option.
It is 3.6x stronger than traditional composite flooring options, such as wood.
This is because is it denser, and contains a higher level of compressed strength, greater than wood, concrete or brick. Furthermore, it contains less oils than wood and is installed the same as wood flooring options.
The majority of wood flooring options on the market are distressed internally in some way, and sooner or later this would come to the surface.
The final product has an elegant beauty to it, and looks similar to hardwood but with a more ‘natural’ sheen to it. Much like wood, it can be left to develop into a more natural grey colour, or replaced/relocated every 12 to 18 months in order to maintain a darker wood colour.
Because of its similarities to hardwood flooring options, bamboo decking is an excellent substitute for exotic hardwoods. The aesthetics are obvious and its durability is significantly higher than that of traditional composite flooring options.
Because of this, the demand for bamboo decking has increased significantly, and production and supply by manufacturers has increased exponentially.
Whilst other countries may enjoy nation-wide use and primary choice, many western countries have yet to bring it to large percentages of popularity.
In the US, only 1% of the flooring market uses bamboo decking, and whilst some manufacturers are doing well in the American market, some have given up entirely. It has more so been a choice for interior design, rather than outdoor, due to its exotic and elegant look which matches well with a property’s interior. It can give off a warm and welcoming look, whilst also being unique in its beauty and introducing an exotic feel to the house.
Some Asian country based manufacturers have made the push into western countries such as the United States in order to market and create a demand for bamboo decking. However, these attempts have not been highly successful.
In summary, bamboo decking is a sturdy material which is a good choice for any interior or outdoor flooring requirements. It provides an exotic aesthetic and comes with many benefits over traditional composite flooring options, such as wood. Whilst it is slowly gaining popularity in western countries, its use continues to thrive as a primary choice in many Asian countries, and for good reasons too.