Birch 2.7 – Oak 3.7 – Ash 4.1 – Bamboo 9.5
The Brinell hardness number is used to measure the hardness of materials. Larger number indicates that the material does not wear as easily. Nordic Bamboo’s bamboo flooring is the most durable choice on the market.
Bamboo Flooring Far Superior Compared to Parquet and Laminate
The wood used in traditional parquet floorings is soft and gets easily damaged and scratched. Because of this, the floor must be sanded and refinished after a short period of time. Traditional parquet often utilizes a thin layer of veneer, which is glued on top of a layer of different coloured wooden lamella. When the parquet takes a hit, the different coloured lamella below the veneer is revealed.
The same is true for laminate flooring, which is covered by a printed surface that looks like wood, but is even thinner than parquet. The artificial wood finish of laminate feels cold under your feet. If damaged, it reveals the hardboard resting under it. Moreover, laminate flooring is often quite slippery, which makes it less safe for a person with wet feet or wool socks.
Bamboo flooring is made of 100% pressure-treated solid bamboo, which makes it durable enough to handle everyday life – unlike parquet and laminate floorings.
Bamboo is a grass, which means it grows fast and is ready for harvest after just five years. The same process takes most trees tens of years. Bamboo flooring is a sustainable, ecological choice that is made to last.
The bamboo used by Nordic Bamboo comes from a responsibly grown bamboo forest in China. Members of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) include WWF and Greenpeace.
Our floorings are made of strand woven bamboo, which means they have been pressed tightly together. The bamboo stems are cut into strips and cleaned, followed by separating the fibres from each other. Afterwards the fibres are pressed into each other using high temperature and pressure. This is how the most durable flooring on the market is made.
Treated with Bona Naturale UV Lacquer
The lacquer protects the surface of the flooring from dirt, scratches and UV light from the sun. The lacquer we use is made in Sweden by a company named Bona Naturale. It is a safe, ecological choice for treating the surface of the bamboo.