Why Choose Bamboo Flooring?
According to the E.P.A., 2 million tons of carpeting end up in U.S. landfills every year. If a person keeps carpeting in their house for their entire lifetime, they will replace it on average, 7-10 times.
Hardwood flooring is a sustainable and renewable resource and rarely ever needs to be replaced in a person’s lifetime if it is maintained properly. I once looked at an 88 year old farm house, and even though the hardwood floors were severely neglected and there was surface damage, they still did not need to be replaced; just sanded and refinished.
Bamboo has the least environmental impact of all the flooring materials because it can be harvested every 4 years from the same plant. When bamboo was first marketed for flooring, it had many problems due to the fact that it was not milled correctly, shipped correctly or packaged correctly. It was also more expensive than other types of wood because it had to be imported. Over the last few years, huge improvements have been made in bamboo flooring. All of its previous drawbacks have been resolved and it has come down in price.
If you are concerned about “Carbon Footprints” on your floor, bamboo is the way to go. It is 25% harder than red oak and 12% harder than Rock Maple and has a grain character that is unique to only bamboo.