Bamboo Flooring Durability And Beauty Underfoot

Bamboo Flooring Durability And Beauty Underfoot

Bamboo Flooring: Durability And Beauty Underfoot

Bamboo flooring might bring to mind a ‘shoots and stalks’ image of mats and soft flooring, but in reality, bamboo flooring is comparable and even superior to its hardwood counterparts.  Used in the Pacific Rim for years, bamboo flooring is rapidly gaining popularity in the Western world not only for its durability but also for its beauty.

There are many advantages of choosing bamboo flooring including:

  • Environmentally friendly – Bamboo is a highly renewable and sustainable resource in a world of rapidly depleting resources.  Bamboo can be harvested every 3 – 5 years as compared to the 20 – 30 years it takes for hardwood forests to replenish.  Bamboo grows easily without the use of pesticides or fertilizers so there is little pollution run-off to affect the groundwater. 
  • Strength & Resiliency – In Japan, bamboo is used for industrial scaffolding so it’s definitely strong enough for your familys flooring needs.  It has a high weight to strength ratio and can carry countless times its own weight.  Bamboo flooring is as hard as maple and is 50% more stable & harder than Red Oak.  According to the USDA, bamboo flooring also tops the list of common wood species in dimensional stability. 
  • Durability – Especially good for the high-traffic areas of your home or business, bamboo is much more scratch resistant than hardwoods flooring so it needs refinished less frequently.  Eventually it will gain a nice patina and will start to warm and meld into a variety of tones and hues.  After time, your flooring  becomes a gallery of mottled tones that are unique and beautiful.
  • Moisture-resistant – Because the bamboo originates from a moisture-rich environment, it is resistant to the warping and buckling tendencies that hardwoods fall victim to.  This property also makes bamboo highly resistant to mildew build-up making bamboo flooring ideal for kitchens and bathrooms .
  • Adaptability – Bamboo flooring requires little prep work like sanding or filling and can be laid over a variety of surfaces.  It is less sensitive to temperature changes so it can be used worldwide. 
  • Ease of Material Handling – Despite its strength, bamboo flooring is relatively easy to cut with simple tools.  Because of this, its available in shorter sections that are easier to work with.
  • Easy upkeep –While it is not completely maintenance free, bamboo flooring has better resiliency than softer floors like pine or vinyl.  It is easy to clean with sweeping and a damp mop.
  • Easy on the feet and legs Anyone who spends long hours cooking in the kitchen will know that hard floors can be extremely tiresome on feet and legs. Bamboo, although a very hard material, is actually much kinder to the body.  Consider cooking a recipe from our Bamboo Flavors section!
  • Chemical-free – Make sure to ask about the manufacturing process of the bamboo flooring you are purchasing.  Most bamboo flooring can be produced without the use of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) as opposed to the chemical-laden process of producing traditional hardwood flooring   VOCs are chemical compounds that are carbon based and are in the form of vapor at room temperature.  In this case,  organic does not mean naturally occurring rather a by-products of man-made substances.
  • Aesthetically pleasing Because bamboo is a grass rather than a tree, its finished appearance is very distinctive. Most distinctive is the eye-catching pattern of slightly darker bands produced by its nodes – a feature that clearly sets it apart from wood. Bamboo’s other aesthetic features include the tightness of its grain and the uniformity of its color. 
  • Variety – Bamboo planks can be vertical or horizontal grain, laminated, strand woven or engineered.  The wood can be from old growth or new growth and there are different types of carbonizing used for the coloring.  No matter what your needs, there is a type of bamboo flooring to fit your needs.

The disadvantages of bamboo flooring are mostly related to good consumerism.  One should always take a look at the manufacturing process.  There are varying qualities of materials and you should always go for the best you can afford.  Always keep in mind that hardness is dependent upon manufacturer and the maturity of the bamboo, and that any bamboo of less than 5 years old growth will be likely not to be hard enough for a long-lasting floor. Experts recommend you avoid the lower priced imported product, under 3$/square foot is usually pretty hit and miss.

Green Earth Bamboo offers more ways to bring amazing bamboo products into your home.  Consider bambooing your bedroom with luxurious bedspreads and pillowcases .  Fill your closet with bamboo clothes and make sure your nursery takes advantage of the many wonderful properties of organic baby wear .

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