The modern and durable and environmentally friendly alternative to hardwood is bamboo flooring. Being a grass, as opposed to wood, bamboo gives you the advantage of not only a building product (being strong and at the same time flexible), but also as a sustainable resource: wood takes approximately 15-20 years to reach maturity, while the non-harmful harvesting of bamboo has a mere 3 to 5 years. Bamboo has traditionally been the material of choice in most of Asia, and is only recently that its benefits and environmental properties have begun to be used more widely in the west.
The growth in popularity in recent years for wood flooring has increased the burden on already stretched timber resources. Bamboo flooring Shares many properties that attract discerning customers to hardwood, is low maintenance, durable, and looks contemporary while a timeless appeal, but without any of the environmental concerns that are attached to your wooden counterpart.
Because of its flexibility as a material, bamboo flooring has a broad appeal that can be manipulated to suit a variety of styles. Its range of applications varies from period homes to offices, designer hotels and bars.
Besides being the environment, bamboo flooring is competitively priced and easy to install. Ease of installation is always a concern for the prospective purchaser, with bamboo flooring the process has been simplified by the formulation of three different methods:
1. Floating Floor : This is hitting the tongue and groove joints of bamboo flooring over a lower layer.
2. Secret Nailing : the bamboo floor is ‘secretly’ nailed to a wooden sub-floor.
3. Gluing down: literally gluing the bamboo floor for a sub-floor.
Each of these methods has its own advantages.
One concern that has arisen with the implementation of bamboo flooring is regarding the use of urea formaldehyde, used as a binder or adhesive in the manufacture of bamboo flooring. Using current technology, their use is inevitable. However, reputable suppliers with bamboo flooring firm environmental principles, make every effort to ensure that its use complies with the E-1 rigid European standards. Importantly, exposure to dangerous chemicals in bamboo flooring is negligible.
The benefits of choosing bamboo flooring are chiefly to be found in the warm and comforting that it creates. Bamboo flooring immediately draws attention and recognition to a room, giving it character and focus. With its high wear properties, environmental benefits and natural beauty, bamboo flooring is the flooring of choice for future generations.