Flooring trends in recent years have changed, and now more and more homeowners are turning to wood flooring. Another great option for anyone considering hardwood is bamboo. Often overlooked, bamboo is an excellent alternative to traditional hardwood flooring.
Bamboo can offer homeowners the same attractive qualities as wood floors. It comes in a variety of grain styles and color options, and can be refinished in the same way hardwood can be.But one of the best things about bamboo is its eco-friendliness. Technically classified as a grass, not a wood, bamboo is a natural product that is environmentally sound. Bamboo can grow as tall and as thick as trees, but can fully regenerate in 5 years (that’s 8 times faster than wood) making it infinitely more sustainable than wood. Not only does it mature quickly, but the plants also spread rapidly. Every year the parent bamboo plant develops new stems, so the stems can be harvested after 5 years in a mature plantation without decreasing the size of the forest.
Another style of bamboo flooring available is strand/woven bamboo. In this process, the bamboo strands are crushed lengthwise and are then pressed at extremely high pressure to produce the planks. These boards are manufactured to achieve greater strength and stability, and are even suitable for use in light commercial applications.
Harvesting bamboo is safe for both forests and soil, so you can feel good about choosing bamboo.
Flooring trends in recent years have more people looking at wood and the options available to them with hard woods. Wood floors are timeless and have an appeal for those who love the traditional look or who want to avoid allergens often found in carpeted floors. Warmer and more durable than tile, wood floors have made a strong comeback into homes and businesses around the world.
In selecting Bamboo flooring for a home or office, the environment is not always the first consideration. In fact, it is usually far down on the list of features. Bamboo flooring is the perfect choice for people wanting an elegant, rich wood floor, without the actual wood. Bamboo is a natural product, actually classified as a grass, but it has all the warmth and beauty of hard woods, even more durability from some varieties, and a timeless look that will enhance any décor.
Bamboo can grow to be as tall and thick as trees but has the ability to regenerate itself in about five years. It’s harvesting is safe for both forests and soils. You can feel good about choosing bamboo.
An often-overlooked alternative to hard wood is the bamboo floor. Bamboo is a beautiful and even exotic alternative to other hard woods that is actually more durable, often more affordable, and entirely more environmentally friendly.
Bamboo offers consumers the same attractive options as many other wood floors. Choices in grain style and finishing colors will complement any décor.
Caring for your flooring is as easy as keeping it clean. Sometimes spot or total refinishing will be necessary over time and the same methods and products used on hard woods can be applied to bamboo. Even changing the color of a bamboo floor is possible through sanding and refinishing.
How are bamboo floors manufactured?
Fresh & mature bamboo clumps are split and flattened lengthwise into strips of equal dimensions. These are processed & kiln dried before being pressed against each other and glued under high pressure to form boards (raw planks).
Strand woven boards are manufactured to achieve greater strength and stability. The bamboo clump is crushed lengthwise and the strands are pressed & glued at extreme high pressure to produce boards (raw planks).
The raw planks are then milled to form tongue & groove on the edges. These are then surface coated, packed & shipped.
How do bamboo floors compare with other hardwood floors?
Both Horizontal & Vertical bamboo flooring is harder than the most popular hardwood – Oak.
Strand Woven bamboo flooring is harder than the most expensive hardwood – Brazilian Walnut.
Also, bamboo flooring is less expensive than hardwood.
Is bamboo environmentally friendly?
Absolutely. Bamboo is specially cultivated and harvested, without damaging the ecological system of renewal. Every year the parent bamboo plant develops new stems, so the stems can be harvested after 6 years in a mature plantation without decreasing the size of the forest.
A uniquely environmentally responsible flooring
Bamboo is a truly sustainable harvested grass that regenerates at least 8 times faster than hardwood.
Not only does bamboo mature rapidly but harvesting does not kill the plant. We use only fully mature bamboo selected for superior strength and maximum hardness.
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