Bamboo Floors


Bamboo Flooring Features and Benefits

Bamboo has recently become the hottest trend in flooring. The reasons for its popularity surge are many, but they can be divided into three basic categories: aesthetics, properties, and environmental benefits.

The Aesthetics


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.

The Properties

This hollow, grass-family plant is actually stronger than most hardwoods. Besides its hardness quality, bamboo is also very resilient and can take a greater impact than most hardwoods without denting. Bamboo flooring is suitable for use in areas like bathrooms and kitchens where hardwood flooring is usually not recommended. Of course, being resistive to moisture means bamboo is also resistive to spills, and thus resistive to stains - certainly a desirable feature for any elegant floor.

The Environmental Benefits

In an age of ever-growing concern over depletion of natural resources, especially of hardwood forests, the trend toward bamboo flooring could not be timelier. Bamboo is extremely fast-growing compared to hardwoods. On average, bamboo is capable of reaching maturity, at heights well over 15 meters, and is ready to harvest in five years.

The Summary

Bamboo is an alternative to traditional hardwood flooring that is:
uniquely attractive
strong and resilient
dimensionally stable
moisture and stain resistant
environmentally-friendly

It is also less expensive than many hardwoods and can be purchased for nailed down, stapled down, glued down, or floated installation. With so many positive attributes, it's no wonder that bamboo has become the hottest trend in flooring.