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We are open for business as usual (although there here is nothing usual about this situation) with our transport company (Brooks Transport) who are designated by the government as critical to the covid response. We are still delivering direct to door or site, (however collections or visits to the warehouse are not possible.) Our IT systems allow us to work from home so our staff are protected. Please Call or Email Us for samples or orders. Our factories are back to full capacity and the supply chain is operating effectively which can be seen here. As a trade supplier we have a minimum requirement of 50m2 for any samples and supplies. Please call 01666 504015 if you require less. For Government advice please click here. Even with these steps we have made, we must pull together, support one another, and get through this as a group, a family, and feel proud to say to our wider community we are critical to the Covid-19 response, and we will support it for as long as we are able. Stay safe, stay well, look after yourself, and each other.

The Building Centre will be open fully with the café back and exhibitions in place from Monday 12th April 2021. In the meantime, you can book visits in advance by contacting The Building Centre directly on 020 7692 4000. Please note that we do not have any representatives based at this showroom, but you can call us during your visit to talk through the options on display on 01666 504 015.

The Tetbury showroom is strictly by appointment only, maximum of two people with social distancing and face coverings required. Please call 01666 504 015 to book an appointment.

Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring

Despite Bamboo being a variety of grass, it possesses many properties that hardwood trees lack.  Its broad root structure allows it to grow in mountainous regions and stabilise the topsoil.

Lacquered Strand Woven Carbonised Bamboo

Mao Bamboo can grow at a rate of 2-3 feet per day when it first sprouts.  We harvest our Bamboo when it reaches maturity at 6 years old.  Our plantations then replant these trees for future generations. Bamboo is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional hardwood flooring that prevents erosion, is hypoallergenic and non-polluting. As a material it’s tough, durable and extremely stable.

At The Solid Wood Flooring Company, we use Mao Bamboo exclusively because of its structure, size, superior strength and incredible density. See the Janka Test Results.

Our experts have developed a special adhesive for our Strand Woven Bamboo flooring containing near zero formaldehyde emissions.

Why Bamboo?

Some hardwoods such as Oak can take 100 years to mature.  If Bamboo were used instead, we’d be able to produce 18 times more flooring.  Our hardwood forests would then naturally regenerate, benefitting the planet.

A side view of high quality hot pressed Mao strand woven bamboo flooring


Some of the other benefits of using Bamboo include:

  • Young Bamboo produce more Oxygen than mature hardwood trees
  • Bamboo can be used as:
  • Fuel (for heating and processing)
  • Food (prepared Bamboo shoots are delicious to eat)
  • Bamboo resins (the grass contains a lot of sugars)
  • Charcoal, air cleaners, textiles and a wide range of art and craft items

How Strand Woven Bamboo Is Made:

  1. The Bamboo is harvested and the stems are split and cut to size
  2. Any outer and inner surface layers are removed (we only use the central part)
  3. The filaments that are left are shredded to make a strong fibrous material
  4. This is boiled to remove all the sugars (which are used in other processes)
  5. It is then dried in a large oven
  6. The carbonised Bamboo is heated under extreme pressure to harden it
  7. The Bamboo filaments are then soaked in adhesive (any excess adhesive is allowed to drain back into the tank)
  8. The Bamboo strands are loaded into a long drying chamber
  9. It is then carefully dried for a second time in strips, ready for the next process
  10. The filaments of dried Bamboo are placed in steel trays
  11. These are compressed into large planks using a hot press

The Benefits of Hot Pressed Strand Woven Bamboo:

  • This method controls moisture content, spreading pressure more evenly on bigger boards
  • Hot pressed Strand Woven Bamboo planks can be much wider than cold pressed ones
  • This process means that you get one colour for natural Bamboo and one colour for carbonised
  • Any glue lines present during this process quickly disappear
  • All the strands of Bamboo are pressed together with the heat melting it into one
  • Produces consistently great looking floors with little colour variation
To an example of Strand Woven Mao Bamboo see our B445 carbonised flooring