*Bamboo Flooring: Green Alternative to Hardwood Floors

May 1, 2011

Bamboo flooring has started to gain popularity as an alternative to hardwood flooring.  Bamboo is just as sturdy and durable but it is less expensive and considered more friendly to the environment as it is more sustainable than hardwood.  Unlike hardwood, derived from trees, bamboo comes from grass with a faster maturation rate and does not die when harvested.

The advantage of bamboo over hardwood is that it is more pliable with less vulnerability to breaking and its better resistance to water. Like hardwood, it can be stained and expand or contract with moisture.  As such, it is advisable to cover bamboo floors with a considerable amount of polyuretahane after installation.

Bamboo is naturally light in color but technology has made it possible to make other shades available.  Bamboo is darkened through carbonization. Unfortunately, this reduces the hardness by about 30%.   This means the lighter the shade, the stronger the bamboo planks.

It is not as thick as solid hardwood, but with the right care and maintenance, bamboo floors are expected to last for years.  As a matter of fact, bamboo floors are known to age well and develops a natural shade and patina over the years.  There are bamboo planks, however, that are made to look aged as a design such as hand-scraped bamboo.

Bamboo flooring is indeed the best alternative to hardwood flooring.  At a lower price, you get the same look and hardness of hardwood and support sustainability at the same time.


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