Strand-woven bamboo flooring—which is made from strands of bamboo compressed into boards using extreme heat and pressure—is known for its strength, durability, and aesthetic similarity to hardwood. However, that is where all similarities end. Hardwood comes from trees; bamboo is a woody grass. The installation for each is not the same, especially in commercial environments.
Jamann Stepp, director of marketing and product management, USFloors, said a key component to a successful installation is proper prep and planning. Bamboo should be acclimated for a minimum of 72 hours in the environment in which it will be installed, he stated. (Editor’s note: Seventy-two hours should definitely be treated as the minimum. We’ve heard from installers that strand-woven products can take weeks or in some cases even months to acclimate.)