Some of the questions we commonly answer about bamboo flooring

What is Strand Woven Bamboo flooring?

Strand Woven Bamboo floors are made by cutting the Bamboo into long thin strips, drying them and then pressing them together with glues and resins. This process ensures a quality product that is very solid and hard wearing. Stand Woven Bamboo floors are the most commonly sold Bamboo floors today because of their “real timber” like appearance and the hardness achieved in the manufacturing process.

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What type of Bamboo flooring does Godfrey Hirst sell?

Our Zen Bamboo range offers a range of both Solid and Engineered Strand Woven Bamboo Floors in a variety of modern colours.


How hard is Bamboo flooring?

Strand Woven Bamboo flooring is very hard. When measuring the hardness of Timber and Bamboo flooring, a Janka rating is used. The Janka hardness rating is simply the Kilonewtons (KN) of force required to dent the Bamboo by pressing a small ball into it. The higher the number, the harder the floor. Strand Woven Bamboo has a Janka rating of 16.


Will my Bamboo floor dent and scratch?

Yes. Although Bamboo is very hard and the coating is extremely hard wearing, it will not stop denting and scratching. Please refer to our Bamboo Care and Care Tips pages for information and tips to protect your flooring against dents and scratches.


Can I direct stick my Bamboo floor?

Bamboo is designed to be a floating floor only. It is not recommended to direct stick Bamboo flooring. Moisture intake while directly adhered to the subfloor can cause cupping and buckling in a Bamboo floor. Godfrey Hirst provide installation guidelines for all of our flooring products including Solid Bamboo and Engineered Bamboo.


Can I sand and recoat my Bamboo floor?

Sanding and re-coating is not recommended as the Wearguard® coating system is so hard wearing it can be difficult to remove by sanding. Sanding can also make the strand woven fibres split, causing a rough surface which may be difficult to refinish.


Will my Bamboo floor change colour over time?

Yes. Just like timber floors, Bamboo can change colour over time. The coating system when exposed to natural light will alter somewhat after installation. Generally darker colours will darken and lighter colours will lighten further. This is usually not noticeable as the change is so gradual.


Does my Bamboo floor contain Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a VOC that is present in many glues and resins that are widely used in the manufacturing process of wood based products such as chipboard, MDF, floors and panels. Many of these products surround you in your every day life. We have very strict standards in Australia regarding the safe level of Formaldehyde that can be used in these glues and resins. The safe level is rated E1.

Rest assured that all Godfrey Hirst products meet or exceed this very strict standard.