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Bamboo sports floor

Bamboo sports floor

NEW Bamboo sports floor.

Seicom's always been paying attention to ecological sustainability and environmental protection issues; that's why our floors are manufactured only with timber coming from controlled and sustainable plantations. We've been one of the first companies certifying and promoting Hevea for sports facilities, because it's naturally renewable and producers have interest in replanting trees, in order to obtain the precious natural latex.

We've been also investing on researches on another wood species: Bamboo.
Some public administrations have recently and specifically required this timber, so we immediately started our research and specific tests on this material, which could represent the future for low cost sports flooring in alternative to synthetic surfaces (rubber, pvc etc.) because of its low costs and availability.

Bamboo is an ecological product, strong and highly wear-resistant. The cost is lower comparing to parquet that is normally used for sports facilities. Bamboo sports floor for gyms is a good alternative to traditional wood species, excellent for gyms and sports centers.

From a botanical point of view, bamboo is considered as grass (weed) with wood fibers. It's an evergreen tree, really strong. It can be only few cm high, but can reach remarkable dimensions (even 40 m high and 30 cm diameter); in good conditions, this tree can actually grow up to 1 m a day.
Bamboo has a hollow but light and resistant fiber, that's why it's used for several different purposes: hollow trunks are used to make elementary water main, framework structures, weapons, houses, containers, building timber; when broken, they're used to make mats etc. The thinnest or the youngest trees are used for sticks, umbrellas, furniture etc.
Some species are used as ornaments for gardens in the mildest European areas. Some species are even used for food purposes.

On legal and normative side, bamboo shall be called simply bamboo sports flooring, since bamboo is not botanically wood and therefore cannot be called parquet, not in the traditional meaning of the normative term though. Our company's always been in the technical forefront and very sensitive to normative issues. Calling bamboo as "parquet" could cause negative reactions amongst parquet manufacturers associations, who know Law and wood very well.
With the specific term “parquet” - according to European Technical Standard UNI EN 13.756:2004 “Wooden floorings - Vocabulary” point 1.4 - “a wooden floor has at least 2,5 mm nominal face thickness before installation”.

Concerning histological differences between wood and bamboo, we ask readers to note that Federlegno-Arredo has published online on their own web site (www.federlegno.it), Mr. Stefano Berti's opinion (Mr. Berti is Researcher for CNR/Ivalsa - Institute for wood and arboreal species enhancement) about the use of bamboo and products normally deriving from this material. He says that, since bamboo comes from Monocotyledones family trees, it cannot be called as wood from this point of view. What confirms this statement is the fact that when we talk about natural massive wood, we refer to terms such as trunk, heartwood, pith, grain, annual rings, sections and color, but when we talk about bamboo we refer to culm, reed, rush and bud.
Although obviously different for anatomy, histology, look, shape, color and constituent elements, the monocotyledonous bamboo and the gymnosperm-dicotyledon wood have similar physical and mechanical features making them “alternative” within miscellaneous manufacture i.e. battens, staves and planks for floorings.
About sports floorings, the reference Standard EN 14904 deals with multi purpose indoor sports surfaces and regulates all flooring, not just parquet. That's why bamboo can easily be included in the class set by Standard EN 14904 and be CE marked.

Concerning fire reaction test EN 13501, our tests on bamboo have shown excellent results.

All above mentioned clearly shows how Seicom really minds Laws and Standards and therefore will never call parquet something that's not wood, because that could easily cause serious law issues, going far beyond simple fines or penalties. If companies themselves will not set proper remedies, either the market and justice will take care, because false declarations are not allowed.

Seicom's intention is to keep studying bamboo in order to offer a certified, competitive and ecological product for sports floorings on international level.

Aldo Cammarata
Sales & Technical Manager