Bamboo Flooring Information
For a unique look in flooring, with many additional benefits, the popularity of bamboo flooring in on the rise. Most bamboo flooring is imported to North America from China where there is an abundance of this fast growing plant. Bamboo is actually a grass, even though most peoplke think of it as a tree. Due to the fact that bamboo can reach maturity in as little as four years, it has become an excellent product to use for flooring. It has many of the features of hardwood floors, with its durablilty and warmth, yet is more cost effective. Bamboo floors are excellent for high traffic areas because it is considered harder than some of the other popular hardwood floors.
This is partially due to the process by which bamboo floors are produced, where the wood is dried first, and then cut into strips. These strips are then shaped before being laminated together and stained to form an extremely hard, colorfast surface. As with any home product there are various different standards of product quality and more often than not, the cheaper discount products will give you a less than desired performance rating. If the bamboo hasn't been processed correctly, you can have problems with color fading and in some cases a surface that is below par for wear and tear. It is always essential that you deal with a reputable bamboo flooring dealer when building or renovating your house to ensure that you are getting a quality product that will service your needs for many years.
One other major benefit from the increased use of bamboo for flooring is the fact that it is saving the rainforests that take so many more years to replenish than bamboo does. Not only will you have a beautiful floor but you will also be helping the environment.