Bamboo Floors
Environment & Manufacturing

Bamboo floors unique features and environment friendliness contribute to its growth in popularity over traditional hardwood flooring, but there are manufacturing issues you should be aware of...

Environmental & Manufacturing Issues

Bamboo is a rapid renewable resource. Softwoods like pine take 15 to 50 years to grow and hardwoods like oak take 60 to 100 years!

It is a grass that grows much faster than any tree wood, reaching maturity in 5 to 7 years. It takes far less space than trees to grow a vast amount and much less energy to harvest.

Bamboo makes an excellent, beautiful, versatile flooring material, and is as durable as red oak, stronger and more moisture resistant than most other hardwood flooring and just as easy to clean and maintain.

Use it as a complete wood replacement for floors or many other projects.

Environmental & Manufacturing Issues

Environmentally speaking, growing and using bamboo is a better alternative to hardwoods, however manufacturing bamboo presents some possible problems that aren't so friendly to you and the environment.

Keep in mind that reputable flooring dealers will always disclose the country of origin. They will also include whether or not the bamboo was harvested from a plantation where more stringent harvesting techniques are enforced.

Like any flooring material, bamboo has some pros and cons. A reputable dealer can determine how your bamboo was processed when manufactured, which will eliminate the major down side (health issues) associated with choosing and installing bamboo.

While India is the world's largest producer, most bamboo flooring comes from China or Vietnam where the standards for production and construction are not set or controlled.

It is possible that toxic by-products are expended during production and the flooring itself may contain high levels of urea formaldehyde that do not meet safety standards in the US and other countries. This chemical may emit harmful fumes once your flooring has been installed. This is a bummer...

Currently, the United States has no regulations regarding overseas manufacturing. So, if this issue is important to you, be sure to check with your dealer/installer concerning the origin of the bamboo you choose for your floors.

Fortunately, the growing popularity of using bamboo as flooring has motivated many flooring distributors in the US to established much more stringent guidelines for products they sell. Some of these guidelines require a water-based finish on bamboo made for flooring and for it to be manufactured with formaldehyde-free processing.

Keep in mind that reputable flooring dealers will always disclose the country of origin. They will also include whether or not the bamboo was harvested from a plantation where more stringent harvesting techniques are enforced.

Like any flooring material, bamboo has some pros and cons. A reputable dealer can determine how your bamboo was processed when manufactured, which will eliminate the major down side (health issues) associated with choosing and installing bamboo.


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