Posted by in Fuzz Buzz Flooring on 5/31/2013

One of the reasons green flooring has become so popular is that it offers a no-compromise solution for homeowners. And when it comes to combining style and eco-friendliness, bamboo is the way to go.

What makes bamboo so different from regular hardwood? Traditional hardwood flooring requires cutting down hardwood trees such as oak, maple, and walnut, which take decades to mature. Once they are cut down, these trees must be re-grown from scratch, and it will be at least 50 years before the trees reach the maturity needed for lumber harvesting. 

Bamboo flooring provides the same luxurious look and feel as hardwood flooring, but bamboo is actually a grass rather than a hardwood, so the harvesting process is much more sustainable. Bamboo matures in just five to seven years, and when it is harvested, the roots and lower portion of the stalks remain in tact. It is just like mowing the grass in your front yard – the plants don’t die, they just continue to grow. After bamboo is harvested from a plant, that plant continues to grow, and will produce another full crop in only 3 to 5 years! This makes bamboo one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, and an easily renewable resource. And because the plants never die, the eco-systems in which bamboo is grown aren’t harmed by the harvesting process the way logging destroys forests.

Of course, bamboo’s eco-friendliness wouldn’t go very far if homeowners weren’t impressed by the quality of bamboo flooring. Bamboo has a tensile strength comparable to that of steel, making it much harder than traditional hardwoods. It is also more dimensionally stable, meaning it will not expand and contract as much as regular wood when exposed to variations in temperature and humidity. And of course, this eco-friendly flooring is absolutely beautiful, and available in a variety of gorgeous finishes.

As the leading provider of eco-friendly flooring in Chicago, we know that homeowners don’t want to sacrifice style or quality to stay green, and we don’t think you should have to! That’s why we’re proud to offer bamboo flooring that is as beautiful and luxurious as it is environmentally friendly. Contact us today to receive a free quote.

 

Tags: bamboo flooring, eco-friendly flooring, green flooring, sustainable flooring

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