Bamboo Flooring: An Environmentally Friendly Flooring Option
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If you're in the market for eco-friendly flooring bamboo just might be the answer.
Despite being a member of the grass family, bamboo is considered an exotic hardwood in the flooring industry. It is one of several flooring options, including cork that is considered environmentally or eco-friendly because bamboo is a renewable resource.
A renewable resource is one that is not finite. Oil and gas supplies for example are non-renewable resources. Once they are taken out of the ground, that resource is gone forever. Bamboo on the other hand is a living resource that continues to grow and renew itself.
Bamboo floors are engineered for strength and durability and like other hardwood flooring, offer a classic look that is both beautiful and easy to maintain. In addition, there are several styles of bamboo flooring to choose from so it's easy to choose one that is well suited to your home and lifestyle.
Bamboo flooring is characterized by vertical striations and comes pre-finished from the factory in a natural light tan color or a carbonized honey color. For those people who are sensitive to formaldehyde, which is sometimes used in the adhesives used to make bamboo flooring, low or no emission formaldehyde bamboo flooring is available.
Bamboo flooring is sold in 3 or 6-foot lengths approximately 3 ½ inches wide, ½ inch thick. Bamboo flooring is easy to install. The planks are glued, nailed, or stapled to the sub-floor. It is important to vacuum and sweep often because bamboo flooring tends to scratch easily if dirt remains on the surface. In addition, bamboo flooring tends to become stained from food and drink spilling on it, so it's better suited to living areas other than the kitchen.
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