Bamboo Flooring: The Green Alternative for Your Home

| 1/28/2015 3:14:00 PM

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Bamboo Flooring: The Green Alternative for Your Home

When my husband and I moved to a larger home, to accommodate our growing family, we decided to replace the ratty carpet in all three of the bedrooms with hardwood floors. Hardwood is easier to keep clean, more allergy resistant than the carpeting and we have always loved the beauty of wood. I remember attending a home improvement show and for the first time we heard about the concept of bamboo flooring. Bamboo? We had a discussion with a vendor there and were intrigued, but skeptical. Remember that this was almost 20 years ago, just when bamboo was coming into the flooring market as a viable alternative. I think when people think of bamboo, they don’t think of a strong durable product. People are conditioned to believe that the strong products must come from a strong tree like the mighty oak. Our skepticism was there at the time; we ended up installing beautiful laminate planking with an oak veneer. To this day, they look absolutely beautiful, but sometimes I often wonder about the possibilities with bamboo.

Recently, bamboo flooring has become more readily available on the market. It has been available for about 20 years, but has become more popular and a sought after “green” product just in the last 5 to 10 years. It has developed into a versatile, economical and definitely a green product: helping our earth in a multitude of ways.

First, bamboo is considered the fastest growing plant on earth and can be harvested for use in as early as 5 to 7 years. This contrasts greatly with many of the hardwoods, like oaks, that require 60 years before maturity.

Second, bamboo provides 30 percent more oxygen than a hardwood forest on the same area. It also helps to improve watersheds, prevent erosion, and helps to remove toxins from contaminated soil.

To find out more information about the possibilities, and options available with bamboo flooring I went to a local flooring company in my area: Century Tile. While there, I spoke with a very helpful and knowledgeable salesperson, Sarah Heide. Sarah explained to me the use of the Janka Hardness scale for wood flooring. The Janka scale is the industry standard for gauging the ability of various species to tolerate normal wear and tear. On this scale, Red Oak measured 1290, compared to bamboo which measured 1650. When processed to be used as flooring, bamboo is very resilient and easy to keep clean. The high hardness factor is achieved by adding several, thin layers of aluminum oxide (a tough ceramic coating).

1/15/2016 12:23:56 AM

Bamboo floors are very versatile and durable. It can be installed and look beautiful in any home, especially on stairs, they look lovely! What you would just need to consider is the quality and the

9/30/2015 10:55:14 AM

When chosen, installed and cared for properly, will provide great returns on investment - and that's as cost-efficient as can be.

8/8/2015 4:49:21 AM

Before furnishing a home we used to first do some planning regarding the flooring. People are now days most probably go for marvel flooring and then go for tiles; but the plan for wooden and bamboo flooring is quite better now days. These are affordable and look better and the most important part of wooden and bamboo flooring is that these are environmental friendly and keeps our floor cool and dirt free. So the increasing demands of bamboo flooring are quite high and therefore most of the people are like to go for bamboo flooring.

3/17/2015 6:50:16 PM

Bamboo products should not be designated as environmentally preferable materials without requiring careful consideration of environmental impacts throughout the entire supply chain. Production guidelines are not currently in place to regulate bamboo products entering U.S. markets. With that, inferior bamboo flooring may be contributing to failures within the category. Think about it anything goes. People should have realistic expectations of how a bamboo floor will perform. Sometimes the Janka numbers lead people to think a bamboo floor will be more durable than it actually is in real-life situations. Bamboo fibers are strong, but the lignins bonding them together are weak. If you hit bamboo with an object—like a stiletto heel or a small rock in the sole of your shoe—it will cut into a bamboo floor more than it would in an oak floor.

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