How is Bamboo Eco-Friendly?
With almost 1 million acres of forest vanishing per week, and with the time that it takes for a tree to grow to maturity we have got to change our ways of constructing materials for the sake of our world. Choosing bamboo is a great sustainable step in doing so. It takes around 50 years for a tree to reach maturity, while some bamboo species can grow over 4 feet in 24 hours.
Bamboo grows into maturity in about 3 to 7 years and when harvested correctly the bamboo will continue to grow and provide habitat for wildlife. Bamboo doesn’t only propose a fast and sustainable way of harvest, but also a breeze of fresh air. It gives up to 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest of comparable size while helping to reduce carbon dioxide gases by sequesters up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare. Bamboo roots are fantastic to mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption and prevent massive soil erosion thanks to its capacity to hold a greater quantity of water from a watershed.
Bamboo is not only a great eco-friendly alternative for hardwood floors, but is also one of the most, if not the most resistant hardwood material that you can find on the market. It’s no coincidence that the Chinese culture used to use it (and some still do) as frame material for all their architectural projects.
We invite you to watch this video and to see the strength of bamboo; we hope you’ll enjoy it:
(Cali Bamboo Floors)
Why Bamboo Flooring?
It’s hardwood flooring with the same sound and feel as traditional hardwoods, only much more durable and eco-friendly. It is easy to clean, naturally termite resistant, and stands up to heavy traffic beautifully. Bamboo ranks higher on the Janka Hardness scale than most hardwoods, while being more moisture and stain resistant. With its Tongue & Groove or Floating Construction in either Engineered or Solid options, it can be installed over numerous types of subflooring, including below or above grade concrete. Our Bamboo floor manufacturers are selected for their strength, durability and their resistance to insects and moisture, and the material tends to be 10% to 50% less expensive than other hardwoods.
There aren’t many inconveniences with bamboo floors that any other hardwood material wouldn’t share. As for all hardwood floors they tend to be cold to the foot and echo when walking. However, if you are looking for a traditional and beautiful looking hardwood material, bamboo floors are definitely made for you. We also have a variety of eco-friendly hardwoods, too.
To see all of those materials and more we suggested you to come to our showroom. You can also click on the links below of some of our suppliers.
We carry and install:
Cali Bamboo flooring “Fossilized™” strand woven is twice the density of any other hardwood floor in the world with a score of 4000 to 5000+ on the Janka hardness test scale; High heel and pet safe; ultra low VOC with no added Urea Formaldehyde. Great for residential or commercial use. http://www.calibamboo.com/bambooflooring.html
Teragren bamboo averages 40 percent harder than red oak and 12 percent harder than North American maple Bamboo flooring. Teragren’s floors are FloorScore®-certified, which means they’ve all been tested for VOCs http://www.teragren.com/products_flooring.html
Green Choice Flooring NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association Approved), Contains 100% Rapidly Renewable resources from managed plantations. Green Choice Flooring products contain no added Urea Formaldehyde and independent laboratory testing confirms no VOC’s. http://www.greenchoiceflooring.com/OurProducts/StrandWovenBambooGreenChoiceFlooringMichi.aspx
US Floors GreenGuard Children & Schools Certified with manufacturing facilities operating in the United States. http://www.usfloorsllc.com/products/natural-bamboo-collection/
Mossu CE Marking & FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified. http://www.moso-bamboo.com/flooring
Eco Bamboo by Eco Timber http://ecotimber.com/product-collection?SKUGROUPID=306&viewKind=&