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Green or Not, Bamboo Flooring is a Win

As early as 5,000 years ago, the Chinese used bamboo for warfare, construction, and paper. There are more than 400 species of bamboo indigenous to China which grow in greater abundance than in any other area of the world.  All of them grow quickly and provide plentiful building material.


Bamboo’s first international appearance as a flooring product was in the 1990s. It’s popularity has grown through its reputation for durability and the idea that it’s the green choice for floor coverings. Today, beauty and durability makes bamboo flooring a popular choice, preferred by some for its fast growth vs old-growth hardwoods that can take 30 or more years to mature.


The majority of today’s bamboo flooring is made from the Moso species of the plant, using only a few different manufacturing techniques.  Solid bamboo flooring is made from strips of bamboo arranged either with their widths either parallel (horizontal construction) or perpendicular (vertical construction) to the floor and compressed with adhesives to form uniform floor boards.  If you look carefully, you might be able to see the individual strips and the seams between them.   Strand bamboo flooring is manufactured with individual strands of bamboo that are pulled from bamboo stock rather than cut as uniform strips.  The strands are compressed together with much higher pressures to form floor boards.   Strand bamboo flooring uses less adhesive than solid and assumes a variety of textures depending on strand lengths and colors used.


There are more reasons to like bamboo flooring. It is physically similar to hardwoods and is promoted for its strength, moisture- and insect-resistance.  Whether it is eco friendly is debatable as is its durability.  Ie. It depends on which manufacturing process and which hardwood is being compared. Carbonized horizontal hardwoord flooring earns a Janka hardness rating of 1180, while some strand bamboo products reach 3000 and more. Red oak’s hardness is in the lower range for hardwoods with Brazilian Cherry at 2350.


Some cautionary notes.  Like any product you may purchase for your home, quality varies with manufacturer.  A poor quality bamboo flooring product can warp, cup, de-laminate and discolour.  Do your research to find products that have a good reputation.  Aim for products made with bamboo no younger than 5 years old at harvest.  Kiln-dried is a better value as are no-formaldehyde and solvent-free finishes.

Bamboo Soldiers waiting to be made into flooring

Click Bamboo Fooring With A Twist

Bamboo flooring is now extremely popular and can be found in a ton of different styles and finishes. People all over the country are now installing bamboo floors on their own, and it’s never been easier to do.

First of all, you should always check it out on the internet, as that’s usually where you’ll find the best value. Having a floor shipped to your home is inexpensive and you still should save money on flooring. Continue reading Click Bamboo Fooring With A Twist

Flooring For the Living Room is Changing

It was once the case that wall-to-wall carpet was the automatic choice for living room flooring, but that is no longer the case. In fact, it’s becoming more common to see most other types of floors in a living room, as consumers have grown tired of having to maintain carpet or keeping it looking new. Continue reading Flooring For the Living Room is Changing

It’s A DIY Flooring Kind Of Season

Summertime is rapidly approaching and now is the time where homeowners are tackling various projects around the home, and new flooring is often on that list. So the question is, “what is the best diy flooring?”

It certainly depends on the situation. There are a lot of questions to ask, mainly where is the flooring going to be installed? Continue reading It’s A DIY Flooring Kind Of Season

New Looks in DIY Flooring

Spring is springing, the people are cleaning, getting outside and getting things done inside. Many of us are even saying, “I think it’s time to install new flooring.” Continue reading New Looks in DIY Flooring

Strand Woven Bamboo: The Best Floor For An Office

If you’re shopping for new flooring for the office there are more things to consider than the floor’s durability. The type of floor you choose says a lot about your company and the right one can make a lasting impression on the people you want to impress. Continue reading Strand Woven Bamboo: The Best Floor For An Office

Saving Money On Flooring

Everyone wants to save money on new flooring and there’s no shame in saving as much money as you can.  And if you’re willing to put forth a little effort, the savings on flooring you can receive is substantial and the effort you expend will be well worth it. Continue reading Saving Money On Flooring