Q: We’ve heard that bamboo is actually a grass rather than a wood and are really intrigued by its durability. Can you tell us more?
A: Bamboo is one of the most popular flooring choices today for many reasons—it’s very durable, it’s sustainable and it’s simply beautiful. Here are a few other details about bamboo to round out your knowledge on the material.
Bamboo is a great alternative to traditional hardwoods and it’s becoming very trendy as well. Because it is naturally dent-resistant and wears well, homeowners find it a great choice!
What is interesting about bamboo is that it is not actually a wood, it is a fast-growing grass that has been used for centuries in building. Bamboo reaches maturity in 3 to 5 years and cutting the stalks after 3 does not harm the rest of the plant which makes bamboo a great renewable resource. Most other hardwoods take 50 to 100 years, bamboo never more than 5. Bamboo flooring is similar to oak in dent resistance with much more dimensional stability than other wood flooring types.
Bamboo flooring comes with both horizontal and vertical grain, it has a slightly different appearance than typical hardwood. Usually it is either a light golden color or a darker amber shade depending on the finish. The first is the bamboo’s natural color, the second is natural looking but achieved using a process called carbonization. Both are very attractive.
If you’re looking for something different from your hardwood flooring, give bamboo a shot. The wood is rich and smooth and looks great in every type of home. Let your home start a new tradition with bamboo instead of oak or hickory, go for something less common and stand out.
At ACo, we can help you select from the best products andensure from the grain to the install you are happy with your flooring!
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