Phyllostachys spp.

Top Portion is finished with water-base finish; bottom with oil-based finish


Color: Typically available in light (manila/yellow tones) 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 & between horizontal & vertical construction.

Dimensional Stability: Engineered construction


Sawing/Machining: Cuts easily with most tools.

Nailing: No known problems.

Sanding: Due to its unique, fibrous structure, bamboo should not be sanded across the grain or at at 45-degree angle to the grain. Its light color tends to show swirl marks, other sanding marks & finish imperfections, much as a light maple floor can.

Finishing: All surface-typ finishes have been used successfully with bamboo. Darker colors may tend to show lap marks-moving quickly during application and applying finish quickly around cut-in areas can minimize this effect. Filling is recommended.

Comments: Most available factory-finished. Because product is rigid, careful attention should be payed to flatness of subfloor.


Asia. Majority made in China with some from Vietnam.

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