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Eco Friendly Digs proudly presents sustainable bamboo treads, risers, and noses. The smooth grain of the bamboo makes a staircase look spectacular. Not only does bamboo look incredible, but it also rates higher than traditional hardwoods on the Janka scale.
While you shop bamboo lumber and stair parts, you may notice a few variations in grain orientation. If you are not already familiar with how bamboo lumber works, this can be a bit confusing. Worry not! Eco Friendly Digs is happy to explain! Bamboo lumber is made of small planks of bamboo. The planks are either layered three rows deep or turned on the side and stacked in one layer. The former is horizontal and the latter is vertical.
Vertical bamboo stair treads have the planks stacked on the sides in one layer, as pictured below. The vertical orientation provides a fine, smooth, and consistent grain pattern. It is not necessarily the best depiction of natural bamboo grain (explained under horizontal) but it is beautiful.
Horizontal bamboo stair treads have the planks laid out flat to show the natural grain of the bamboo, including the growth knuckles or knots. Both the horizontal and the vertical orientations are beautiful. It is important to understand the difference between the two in order for you to make the right decision when completing your purchase.
Both vertical and horizontal orientations rate harder than most typical wood types on the Janka scale. Should you choose to go bamboo for your stairs, they will be more resistant to dents and scratches. You may come across a third option called "Strand Woven Bamboo." This orientation means strands of bamboo are torn apart and fused together using intense heat and hydraulic pressure. The result? Strand-woven bamboo is about 250% stronger than oak.
Below is a side-by-side look at vertical and horizontal stairs treads after they have been installed. Vertical is on the left and horizontal is on the right.
The bamboo used in all of our stair treads, risers, and noses is a species called Moso bamboo. It is the same bamboo used to make most of the bamboo bedroom furniture in our store. This bamboo reaches maturity in about five years. Typical hardwood takes decades to reach maturity before it can be harvested for lumber again. Pandas have no interest in eating Moso bamboo. The forests are responsibly and sustainably managed and far away from any local panda populations. Bamboo absorbs 30% more carbon dioxide than trees. It also releases 30% more oxygen than trees. This makes bamboo an elite plant for absorbing greenhouse gases and providing the world with clean, fresh oxygen.
Once you have found the items you are looking for, add them to your cart and use our simple online ordering process. Once your order is placed, we will get it shipped out in just days.
If you have any questions about bamboo stairs or dimensional lumber, do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our specialists.
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