Bamboo 101 — Bamboo Flooring Overview

Bamboo 101 - Bamboo Flooring Overview

Bamboo Flooring: A Smart, Sustainable

Why Bamboo Flooring?

  • it’s hardwood flooring — same sound and feel
  • much more eco-friendly than traditional hardwoods
  • easy to clean, durable, and beautiful
  • harder than most hardwoods
  • moisture and stain resistant
  • 10% to 50% less expensive than other hardwoods
  • expansion rate only 50% that of other hardwoods
  • Bamboo 101 - Bamboo Flooring Overview
  • can be installed over numerous types of subflooring, including concrete
  • termite resistant

Ambient Bamboo Floors has been awarded FSC Pure Certification from the Forest Stewardship Council. (If you are specifically interested in FSC Certified bamboo flooring, please contact us for details.) Our flooring also contributes to LEED credits and our resins meet the strictest environmental standards.

The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth, with a tensile strength comparable to steel. Despite being categorized as hardwood flooring, bamboo is actually a grass, not a wood, and it grows in specific climates all over the world. Made into bamboo flooring, it is beautiful, durable and sustainable. For these reasons, bamboo is rapidly becoming one of the most popular types of residential and commercial hardwood floors installed today. When discussing the pros and cons of different flooring types, it is not hard to see why bamboo flooring is head and shoulders above most others.

How Ambient Bamboo Flooring Is Made

To make Ambient bamboo flooring, we harvest A grade Moso bamboo when it is between five and seven years old (6″ to 8″ in diameter) to ensure maximum strength, durability and quality. After stripping off the outer layer of green skin, we slice only the middle of the culm — the most resilient part of the stalk — into long strips. Depending on the type of flooring, the strips are then heated, dried, pressed and glued together to make bamboo flooring boards. Our precision milling techniques and proprietary AccuSeal Finishing System result in a wide variety of stylish, stable bamboo flooring options that will last and add value to your home. Our brand is known as one of the best bamboo flooring products on the market.

Bamboo is an earth-friendly choice for many reasons:

Fast regrowth. Almost 1 million acres of forest vanish per week. While a 60-foot hardwood cut for market takes 60 years to replace, a 60-foot bamboo cut for market takes only 59 days to replace.* When comparing bamboo flooring vs hardwood these benefits are difficult to ignore.

Greater biomass & oxygen. Bamboo produces greater biomass — a renewable energy source — and 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest of comparable size.

Reduces CO2. Bamboo helps reduce carbon dioxide gases. Some bamboo sequesters up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare.

Serves as a water barrier. Because of its widespread root system and large canopy, bamboo greatly reduces rain runoff, prevents massive soil erosion and keeps twice as much water in a watershed. It also helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption.

Restores degraded lands. Bamboo can be grown in soil damaged by overgrazing and poor agriculture. Proper harvesting does not kill the bamboo plant, so the topsoil is held in place. Bamboo’s dense litter on the forest floor feeds the topsoil, restoring healthy agricultural lands for generations to come.

*International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)

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