bamboo flooring, floor coverings international seminoleWith the growing emphasis on using environmentally friendly materials in the home and office, many Clearwater owners are turning to a stylish, eco-friendly, flooring option: bamboo. Read more from Floor Coverings International Seminole to learn how bamboo might fit your next project.

Eco-friendly Bamboo

Bamboo is a member of the grass family and is known for its hardiness and rapid growing patterns. If properly managed, bamboo doesn’t require pesticides or fertilizer and can replenish itself every five to six years — making it a more sustainable material than hardwood.

Style Options

Bamboo flooring is a striking choice for owners wanting an eco-friendly twist on the hardwood aesthetic. It has become extremely popular due to its durability, versatility, and comparatively low price point.

There are two major types of bamboo flooring, depending on the effect you want to achieve. The first is compressed bamboo flooring, which is produced by gluing strips of bamboo together, either vertically or horizontally, to form a plank. Compressed bamboo flooring is fairly resistant to staining and has a distinctive pattern, so it’s generally used to achieve a lighter, more natural, feel. The second option is woven-strand bamboo. Made by compressing woven strips of bamboo together to form planks, woven-strand bamboo can be milled and stained to mimic a wide array of hardwood looks. Even better, it can be up to two times as strong as a hardwood equivalent.

Use and Maintenance

Bamboo flooring can be used in a variety of applications around the home or office. While it needs extra care in areas of extreme dryness or moisture, with proper maintenance, it can be used in kitchens and well-ventilated bathrooms to beautiful effect. To care for bamboo flooring, make sure to keep up with the protective finish and to regularly sweep to remove grit. Similar to wood, bamboo can be scratched, so it’s best to use furniture pads.

A Note on Purchasing

To maintain a low-impact status, it’s important that bamboo is sourced from reputable plantations that harvest stalk by stalk and use green chemicals. Some plantations will overharvest, use clear-cutting methods, or process the bamboo using chemicals containing volatile organic compounds, all of which nullify the eco-friendly potential of bamboo. While there currently isn’t an industry standard for certifying bamboo production, there are a number of resources, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which can help consumers find truly eco-friendly bamboo.

Want to learn more about bamboo flooring and how it might work for your next flooring project? Contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Seminole today! We proudly serve the areas of Clearwater, Seminole & Largo and will come out for a free on-site design consultation.

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