CORK: With its great thermal and acoustical insulative properties, cork
tiles are suitable for floors, walls or ceilings.
BAMBOO: The manufactured bamboo flooring commonly found in North American
markets is highly processed. The bamboo is split and flattened, dried, and then
laminated in layers with glue under high pressure. Manufactured bamboo floors
are typically made available in planks with either vertical- or horizontal-grain
The two major colors are natural (similar to beech) and carbonized (similar to
oak). The process of steaming bamboo material under a controlled pressure and
temperature is called carbonization, in which bio-organisms and sugar breaks
down, and the color of the material changes into brownish. The natural and
carbonized bamboo floors are typically referred to as solid bamboo, although in
fact the structures are layered, similar to a plywood.