Hardwood flooring might be classic and reliable, but if you’re looking for something a bit more unique and eco-friendly, bamboo could be the perfect flooring option for your home or business. Here in the Huntsville, Madison County area and around the country, eco-friendly home design trends like bamboo flooring have becoming increasingly popular. Despite this, most people don’t know a lot of facts about this beautiful flooring option. Luckily, our experts at Floor Coverings International Huntsville are here to help you learn the important things about bamboo.
About the Plant
Though bamboo is often grouped with wood in flooring stores due to their similar looks and properties, bamboo is actually part of the grass family. The most common type of bamboo comes from a type of grass called “Moso” that grows primarily in China and other parts of Asia. Moso bamboo stalks grow quickly and can be harvested as often as every four years. The root structure of Moso is incredibly durable and allows the stalks to grow back after each harvest.
As a type of flooring, bamboo has a few key characteristics that make it a great choice for homes and businesses alike.
Environmental: The most obvious benefit is the positive environmental impacts that come with choosing bamboo. As we mentioned, bamboo grows much more quickly than the trees used for solid hardwood. It can also be replenished much more quickly.
Hardness: Bamboo floors usually rank between 3,800 and 5,000 on the Janka Hardness scale. As a point of reference, one of the hardest types of hardwood is Brazilian cherry, which ranks around 2,350. Bamboo flooring is surprisingly hard, making it just as durable, if not more, than many hardwood floors.
Beauty: The natural color of bamboo is a light, elegant tan with a simple grain pattern. This makes it a great option for modern homes. Bamboo can also be stained and painted to match your existing décor.
Durability: Despite its hardness, bamboo is known for denting when heavy objects fall on the floor. Be careful when moving large pieces of furniture or other heavy objects. We would recommend placing a protective carpet on the floor during moves.
Contact Floor Coverings International Huntsville today to learn more about our bamboo flooring options. We would be happy to bring our samples to your home or business in theHuntsville, Madison County area for a free consultation and estimate.
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