Bamboo has become a very popular building material in recent years. It has been used in homes and businesses all over the world. What are some of the benefits and characteristics of bamboo flooring that make it such a good choice?
Characteristics of Bamboo
Bamboo is a fast growing grass and is highly renewable. It reaches its full height in just one growing season. It is ready for harvest in only 4-7 years. In contrast, hardwoods typically require several decades in which to grow before they can be harvested. Bamboo is also sustainable. When a bamboo shoot is harvested the root system is left intact. The root system then sends out new shoots. Bamboo is also very environmentally friendly. It is grown with a minimum of fertilizers and pesticides and it provides habitats for many different species.
Each bamboo stalk is comprised of a soft inner layer and a very strong outer layer. It is this strong outer layer that is used to make bamboo flooring. Like most grasses bamboo is very flexible. As a result of this strength and flexibility bamboo flooring is both resilient and durable. A bamboo floor that is properly taken care of will last for a long time.
Benefits of Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo is healthy. Flooring made out of bamboo resists both mildew and insects. It also resists water and so is less susceptible to water damage than typical hardwood flooring. Bamboo flooring is easy to clean. It just needs to be swept or vacuumed periodically to remove dirt and grit. Spills can be cleaned up with a damp mop. Bamboo flooring comes in a variety of colors and finishes and is easy to install.