Bamboo hardwood flooring continues to explode in popularity across the U.S. and in the Charleston and Mount Pleasant areas. Homeowners love that it’s both eco-friendly and cost effective. Our experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston break down the key details about bamboo hardwood flooring.
The origins of bamboo stem from prehistoric grasses forty million years ago. Humans have been using bamboo as a multi-purpose material for five thousand years. Today, bamboo is commonly used for furniture, food, landscaping, flooring, and much more.
Bamboo releases 30 percent more oxygen than other plants, all while absorbing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Some species of bamboo only take 60 days to mature. This means that bamboo is especially sustainable compared to trees, which can take anywhere from 60 to 120 years to mature. Bamboo is actually the fastest growing plant on earth and is one of the best flooring options for environmentally conscious homeowners because it’s faster to grow and easier to replenish.
Most of today’s bamboo flooring is of the Moso species and is grown in China. Engineered bamboo flooring, or stranded bamboo flooring, is more processed than natural bamboo but is also more durable. Engineered bamboo flooring is made by slicing bamboo poles into strips. Then, the strips are boiled in a solution of boric acid to remove starch and sugars. It’s no surprise that bamboo flooring is highly resistant to water damage because it naturally grows in extremely wet areas.
To sum it up, engineered hardwood flooring is a terrific alternative to natural hardwood flooring in your home. It’s often less expensive and is certainly more eco-friendly. It’s no wonder it’s one of the fastest growing flooring types in the Charleston and Mount Pleasant areas.
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