Bamboo has recently become a popular design choice for those wanting to create green homes and offices. This choice is for good reason: the use of chic, readily available bamboo is better for the environment than the use of traditional hardwoods. However, while most people today are familiar with the choice of bamboo for eco-friendly wood floors, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding it. We know the facts, and our knowledgeable flooring experts at MacDonald Hardwoods can help you make an informed decision if you are considering installing beautiful new bamboo flooring in your space.
Three Helpful Facts About Bamboo as a Flooring Choice
1. Bamboo flooring is environmentally friendly.
As a type of grass that is recognized as the fastest growing plant on earth, new bamboo shoots rapidly grow to 50 feet and are ready for harvest in five to seven years. This is a mere fraction of the 30 to 60 years it takes a hardwood forest to grow to maturity.
Bamboo is regenerative. Unlike the harvest of hardwoods, harvesting bamboo does not destroy the plant, which will put out new shoots so that the cycle can be repeated. Trees are killed when harvested.
Finally, almost no pesticides are used in the growing of bamboo, and the harvest is done by hand, so there is minimal disruption to the environment in the process.
2. No harm to our planet’s panda population comes from the harvest of bamboo for flooring.
Pandas may ingest 30 different varieties of bamboo, but Moso, the plant species used for flooring, is not one of them.
3. Bamboo is durable and strong.
Although considered by some to be too soft to be practical in homes with kids and pets, strand-woven bamboo is the hardest wood flooring available today and stands up well to these most energetic members of the family. Bamboo floor finishes are available that are known to be scratch resistant as well. If you have children, pets, or heavy traffic areas, our professionals can guide you to the best flooring choices for your family and advise you on the best way to maintain new floors.
For personal assistance with all of your eco-friendly and hardwood flooring needs, call MacDonald Hardwoods, your Denver flooring company, at 800-639-3006.