What is Bamboo Flooring?
Bamboo is quickly becoming a popular selection in the flooring market due to its unique character and the fact that it performs just as well or better than other hardwoods. But performance isn’t everything; after all, other hardwoods can function just as well as bamboo! Here are some aspects of bamboo that make it so appealing!
Bamboo is a woody grass that grows primarily in China and Vietnam. It has been used for centuries in Asia for tools, food, fuel, furniture, and as a building material. Bamboo has been used as flooring in Asian homes for centuries; however bamboo has only been used for hardwood flooring in Europe and the United States for the past 20 years.
Why is Bamboo Flooring Environmentally Friendly?
Bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly hardwood floors on the market. What sets it apart from other woods is the fact that it is harvested when it reaches its peak hardness at around 3-5 years of age. Other hardwood species are harvested when they are between the ages of 50 and 100. Bamboo also has an extensive root system that allows it to grow back once it is harvested, unlike traditional hardwood trees that die after harvesting. Both of these factors make bamboo a tremendously sustainable resource.
Bamboo vs. Hardwood
Bamboo has an appearance that no other hardwood can replicate that can be used in both formal and casual designs. Bamboo shoots are split into long, narrow strips that are then glued together to make the boards. The strips can be laid horizontally or vertically, which will affect the appearance of the board. The grain of vertical boards will have a denser, uniform pattern while horizontal boards will show more of the natural grain of the bamboo.
You can browse our selection of bamboo floors by visiting our Main Floor Carpet One showroom in Royal Oak, MI! We proudly service the Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties of Southeast Michigan!