With increased consumer environmental consciousness, interest in bamboo flooring, building materials and furnishings has soared. As an attractive and viable alternative to hardwood flooring, bamboo is tough to beat.
Strength & Durability
The superior strength and durability of bamboo has earned its successful use as a timber for flooring and bench tops. In particular, bamboo flooring is stronger and more stable than many hardwoods. Janka ratings have demonstrated strand woven bamboo to be approximately 13% harder than maple and 27% harder than red oak. Moreover, bamboo expands and contracts 50% less than timber and is 99% termite-proof.
Bamboo fibers are vertical which reduces the opportunity for moisture absorption compared with traditional woods where the fibers are round.
Bamboo timber is similarly priced to quality tongue and groove hard timber flooring, but has an advantage in that sanding and sealing is not required after installation. It is ready to walk on immediately.
Reducing your carbon footprint
There’s no denying that bamboo is a renewable alternative resource for environmentally sustainable development. Research has indicated that bamboo helps reduce CO2 emissions being released into the atmosphere, so if you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, bamboo timber is the way to go.