Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Renewable Beauty of Bamboo Floors

by David McCowan
ASID Industry Partner

Handscraped bambo
in Hickory finish
Bamboo floors have been all the rage for the past several years. Many designers and their clients understand the green aspect of bamboo and the good feeling one gets from utilizing a product that's so environmentally friendly. Bamboo floors offer renewable beauty combined with durable elegance.

A member of the grass family, bamboo grows throughout Asia from India to China and thrives in forestlands of this region. Unlike hardwood, which can take 60 years to mature, bamboo can be harvested at full maturity in just 4 to 6 years. The stalks are cut, leaving the extensive root system to regenerate for generations to come.

Vertical bamboo pattern
in Natural finish
Bamboo is the most efficient land-based plant at pulling CO2 from the atmosphere and locking it into the fibers of the plant. The only other plant that that is more efficient at sequestering carbon is kelp. This fact makes bamboo a great choice for the planet.

In the past, bamboo fell a bit short in the area of product style and selection. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. Today's bamboo floors come in a wide variety of styles and colors, such as traditional bamboo in either natural or carbonized color and with a horizontal or vertical graining pattern. In addition to the traditional looks, there are now a large variety of stained, handscraped, and strand woven floors with selections of varying lengths and widths.

Horizontal bamboo pattern
in Spice finish
If you haven't looked into all of the new options in bamboo flooring lately, we recommend you do so for your next project.

David McCowan, Sales Manager

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