Bamboo floors have become a popular choice for residential floors. Bamboo easily compares to traditional residential woods like maple and oak, which is interesting since bamboo is not actually a type of wood. Bamboo is a grass, usually sourced from China, but because it is visually closest to natural/synthetic woods, it’s thrown into the same category. Bamboo can be a great option if you’re trying to reduce the environmental impact of your home.
Bamboo has been referred to as the world’s most sustainable material as it is the fastest growing wood, with records of growing up to four feet a day. While bamboo takes only five years to reach maturity, a tree takes up to 25 years. Because it is a grass and does not require replanting and seedling, we can use large quantities of it without very much environmental impact. When farmers harvest bamboo, the stalks become healthier because when they remove the tall plants, light is able to filter to those below giving them an opportunity to grow to their full potential. In addition to its quick growth cycle, bamboo does not need external intervention like pesticides and does not require very much water.
Not only does bamboo absorb carbon dioxide, but it can also generate up to 35% more oxygen than the same number of planted trees.
Bamboo floors are extremely durable and can be installed in virtually any room in your home. Unlike other floor options, you don’t have to consider the level of traffic or how vulnerable it is to spills. Most manufacturers are so confident in the durability of bamboo that it often has 20+ year warranties.
Bamboo floors are covered by warranties of up to 20 years. If installed and properly looked after, bamboo floors will last past the warranty. Frequent maintenance including refinishing helps maintain your bamboo floors and replaces the need for repairs and replacement.
Despite being an exotic “wood,” it can be less expensive in comparison to other hardwood flooring options. It’s a win-win situation for environmentally conscious individuals who want to change the environmental impact of the structure of their home.
If you’re considering bamboo flooring, you should also consider what the maintenance would look like. Bamboo can be prone to scratches; using felt pads for furniture and carpets will ensure that your bamboo floors are protected and will last for a long period of time. You should keep in mind that they have a sensitivity to humidity, if you’re in a warmer climate area, you may want to consider other eco-friendly options.
With over 30 years in the renovations industry, New Trendz Flooring is able to make your dream home a reality. Whether you’re looking to make your home environmentally friendly and would like to know your options, an expert will give you the necessary information you need to make the best decision for you and your home.