On today’s market, there are so many options for eco-friendly flooring that it can sometimes be confusing as to which floors are truly green and which flooring companies are trying to be green. That is where we come in! We can help you choose an option for your home that is truly green and that will make your floors like great. Let’s explore one of the greenest options on the market: bamboo hardwood flooring!
Unlike most flooring options, bamboo is actually not a tree. It is from the grass family. Bamboo flooring is a relatively recent development. Starting in Southeast Asia during the 1990’s, it became popular in Europe and North America 10 years later. But that is just flooring. Bamboo has been used for many different products over the centuries, including furniture, rafts and boats, bridges, scaffolding, ladders, barns, retaining walls, kitchen utensils, and other household goods. These versatile plants can even be made into musical instruments and eaten.
Reasons to Choose Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo matures at a much faster rate than traditional hardwood. In just three to seven years after growing, bamboo is ready to be harvested and made into flooring. The general rule of thumb is the darker the bamboo the durable the material. Light bamboo is in its natural state while darker bamboo loses its durability during a process called carbonization. While bamboo is known for being eco-friendly because of the rapid growing rates, this material is also harder to manufacture than regular hardwood. Unlike traditional wood, bamboo stalks have to be glued together to make the planks. Because bamboo is a grass and not traditional wood, it does not suffer from the same moisture problems hardwood does. Bamboo repels mold and mildew and is more resistant to moisture damage.
We all know how much maintenance and cleaning influence our purchases and flooring is not any different. Flooring is probably one of the biggest purchases a person makes with maintenance in mind. Bamboo flooring is relatively easy to maintain. For regular maintenance, sweeping and dusting with a dry mop is all that is needed. If your floor becomes sticky or needs to be moped, use a damp, well wrung-out mop. Any cleaning solution that can be used on hardwood floor can be used on bamboo flooring. If your floors are scratched or worn out, bamboo floors can be refinished. With normal wear-and-tear, bamboo flooring should last between 10 and 25 years. The more you maintain the wood, the longer it will last and could last up to 50 years if taken care of properly.
Hardwood is not the only option when choosing new flooring for your home. With the development of new flooring like bamboo, our planet is able to breathe better and live a healthier, greener lifestyle. If you are interested in learning more about bamboo flooring, call Jim Boyd’s Flooring America today!
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Jim Boyd’s Flooring America, located in Timonium, MD, will provide you will all the best flooring tips and flooring options. We carry everything from carpeting and hardwood flooring, to ceramic tiles and vinyl flooring. Whether you’re looking to improve your home or business, we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to take on your project and do it right. If you’ve got questions, don’t hesitate to call our experts for advice. Call 410-667-0620 or click here to contact us.