Bamboo: an alternative to wood and laminate

Bamboo is one of the newest and most exciting products to come in the flooring industry. Although initially went through some plant professionals as a fashionable product, bamboo has become a proven flooring choice that is beautiful, durable, versatile, inexpensive and very friendly to the environment. Because of these attributes bamboo popularity has increased dramatically in recent years. After understanding how bamboo is made, the different available styles, sustainability and environmental factor that can decide for yourself if the bamboo will be your last choice of flooring.

What exactly bamboo anyway?

Bamboo is a grass that can be found almost everywhere on earth. Bamboo is used for flooring, but mostly cultivated in China, Vietnam and Indonesia. In these areas, bamboo can grow up to three meters per day and can be harvested every five or six years. This collection does not kill bamboo and bamboo grow new stems made without replanting. The end result is a product having a Janka hardness to greater than 25% red oak and approximately equivalent to that of North American Maple. And because bamboo is a grass, is much more resistant to moisture than any hardwood, resulting in a product that expands much less than other hardwoods. At the end of account bamboo flooring is resistant, durable, and can be sanded and refurbished, like most wood floors, but is unparalleled in its positive impact on the environment.

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