Bamboo Flooring

Go green with bamboo flooring

These days, more and more manufacturers are producing materials used for bamboo floors. And there's good reason for that: people are very much interested in a viable alternative to the standard hardwood floors so popular in homes today. Besides the great look of bamboo floors, they are also considered more eco-friendly than most alternatives, making them particularly attractive in the twenty-first century.

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An environmentally friendly construction material

Here's what a bamboo floor will give you: all the natural allure of hardwood flooring without feeling guilty about the environmental cost of going with the always popular hardwood flooring. Bamboo is a renewable resource. The bamboo plant grows much like straw and is hollow in the middle. When a bamboo plant reaches maturity, each shoot has a thickness of roughly one inch. The stalks are then cut into flat strips, which are boiled in a solution of lime and boric acid. This removes the starch from the bamboo plant; a critical step because starch is often what attracts wood-eating insects.

Here's why bamboo is such an eco-friendly option: it grows much faster than trees and thus, using it has a far less detrimental effect on the environment.

When it reaches final form and is finally ready to be installed, bamboo represents one of the hardest natural materials available for flooring purposes. Furthermore, installing bamboo wood flooring is also extremely easy. If one is looking to save money, taking on the installation process can help reduce the project's overall cost significantly.

Types of bamboo flooring

When considering bamboo flooring, you will need to consider two possible options: strand-woven and traditional. Traditional provides a sleeker and more uniform look, but strand-woven feels and looks more natural. If your choice is traditional, you will need to decide if you want the grain to go horizontal or vertical and if you are interested in solid or engineered bamboo. What's the difference? Solid bamboo hardwood flooring is more environmentally friendly because it uses 100 per cent bamboo, while the engineered alternative is stronger but uses some particle board as well.

If one of the main reasons you're choosing bamboo over alternatives is its environmental benefits, then ask your bamboo flooring suppliers if the material you're buying is LEED certified. LEED is recognized around the world as the green choice for construction materials.