Did you know?
- Bamboo is a member of the grass family.
- Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant on Earth.
- Bamboo is capable of growing as much as 40 inches in a single hour.
- Bamboo is able to produce 35% more oxygen than a stand of trees of equivalent size.
Bamboo flooring's popularity has grown almost as quickly as bamboo itself, bursting on the scene less than a decade ago.
It's a great choice, not just for its functional and decorative qualities, but also for its eco–friendly
characteristics. Bamboo, which is a grass, has a short growth cycle and its cultivation requires few chemicals. Plus,
high–quality bamboo flooring is twice
as hard as red oak and rated to last a lifetime (30 to 50 years).
Bamboo grows so fast it can be harvested in 5 to 7 years. Compare that to the 10 to 50 years it takes for softwood and
hardwood trees to be ready for harvest, and the sustainability advantage is clear. This is one of the many reasons bamboo
floors are considered a sustainable building product.
And although bamboo reaches general maturity in three to five years, it doesn't reach maximum hardness for a few more
years. The extra time really shows in a product's hardness rating, so check it out before you buy.
Bamboo replenishes itself with very little impact on the environment. Like most grasses, it starts growing again as soon
as it's cut. It doesn't have to be replanted or cultivated. It needs very few fertilizers or pesticides. For the most part,
it only requires rain and time. The sustainabilty of this type of floor, makes it a great green flooring option for any
eco-friendly home or business.
Of course, nothing's perfect. For one thing, it takes a lot of energy to bring bamboo floors to, say, the North American
market from the areas where it's grown – primarily China and Vietnam. And there are questions about the adhesives used
to bond the layers of bamboo into flooring as well as those used to create a durable finish. Some of those adhesives contain
urea formaldehyde and some finishes emit unhealthy levels of VOCs. These can all contribute to unhealthy indoor
air quality (IAQ).
In response to the rising demand for bamboo floor products, tree forests are being destroyed and their land converted to
bamboo plantations. Some ecologists believe this may prove to be a problem as the demand for bamboo flooring increases.
*VOCs (short for volatile organic compounds) are carbon–based chemical compounds that can be found in certain
flooring materials, adhesives and cleaners.
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Alternatives to Bamboo Flooring – Other Green Flooring Options
Bamboo flooring is best used above grade (grade = ground level), in moderate– to medium–traffic areas with
minimum exposure to moisture. Other green flooring options for areas like this include:
- Sustainable harvested
hardwood. Yes, hardwood flooring can be green. Some hardwood flooring products are manufactured from salvaged or
reclaimed wood. Others are made from trees being grown under stringent standards of sustainability as certified by the Forest
- Cork. Harvested every 9 or 10 years without harming the
trees, the bark of cork oak trees produces attractive, durable, eco–friendly flooring.
- Natural linoleum. Did you know
that true linoleum is made from natural materials? Its main components include linseed oil pressed from flax seed, rosin
tapped from pine trees, and wood flour diverted from the waste stream. These components make this floor one of most green
Bamboo Flooring Information | Help
- Questions – Considerations before purchasing sustainable bamboo flooring.
- Lifecycle – Let us tell
you how long bamboo flooring would last.
- Buying Guides – Review our guide
before you go shopping for bamboo floors.
- Flooring Estimator Tools –
Calculate how much bamboo flooring your project requires.
- Installation Guide –
Let us guide you through installing your own bamboo floor.
- FAQs – Get your basic bamboo flooring questions
- Glossary – Consult our handy glossary for
definitions of common green flooring terms.