This section is intended to give a brief introduction to this multifaceted material by highlighting its uses, properties and features in relation to wood; We will also explain why it is an ecological product, and will demonstrate some knowledgeable, curious facts about the plant.
In all likelihood, no natural resource like bamboo could know so many uses which are different to each other: cordage, water pipes, weapons, paper, fishing rods, etc. East Asia and, above all, China is the homeland ofthis astonishing plant; Only the Chinese have the thousand years of experience which has made them add yet another use to its already vast range of usage: it has been twenty five-years since bamboo parquet became a reality.
Bamboo is particularly characterised by its flexibility and at the same time by its hardness which makes it a highly suitable material for flooring any type of room. Out of 1,250 different species, only a certain type of wooden bamboo is suitable for becoming a parquet: it is a plant whose height reaches 20 metres with an incredible diameter of approximately 25 cm.
Why should you choose bamboo as flooring? Firstly because of its beauty, which we believe is the main reason for the final choice of furniture; if a floor is durable and inexpensive, but people do not like it, then they will not buy it. But in addition to its beauty, bamboo is hugely resistant to impacts and, depending on the surface finish being applied, does not absorb any stains or liquids even after a considerable period of time. This makes it practical flooring, which is easy to clean and requires zero maintenance. In addition to this, it is found among the cores which suffer from humid environments the least: in the event of flooding (which we hope never happens), bamboo does not embark definitively, but it tends to slowly regain its original form until it no longer leaves any traces of the incident.
But what does it mean when it comes to saying that bamboo is an “eco-sustainable” plant? In two words, this means that it knows both a rapid and spontaneous growth cycle (in just five years), and is neither cultivated nor used intensively as it grows autonomously and steadily; This makes it a raw material which is widely available and which benefits the forest ecosystem, as it absorbs much more carbon dioxide than wood of an equivalent size (up to 40 times more), whilst at the same time it releases 35% more oxygen; Furthermore, with its network of underground roots, it prevents soil erosion and drainage, and yet the bamboo forest is not deforested but simply cut down as only the culms which have reached the correct age are ready for cutting.