bamboo stalk floor

Here in the greater Lawrenceville, Norcross area, we love the look and benefits of bamboo flooring. Bamboo is a sustainable material that’s used for everything from clothing and dishes to flooring and cabinetry. At Floor Coverings International Lawrenceville, we love the look of bamboo, and want to help you learn all about this quality flooring material.

 

Bamboo Background

 

Bamboo is found most plentifully in South Asia. Many people are surprised to find out that it is actually part of the grass family. This means that it doesn’t have a heartwood with a darker color like traditional hardwood trees do.

 

Sustainable Benefits

Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that is great for harvesting for a few key reasons. Each stalk grows immediately at full width, so you don’t have to wait many years for it to grow like with hardwood. After just one year of growth, a stalk is at its full height. It will take another few years to harden enough so that it can be used for flooring. Generally bamboo is harvested every three to seven years. When it is harvested, the stalk is cut above the ground, leaving roots that can then regrow. All of these growth benefits make bamboo an incredibly unique and eco-friendly material!

 

Flooring Qualities

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Bamboo floors are naturally a very light tan. They have minimal grain patterns and are quite smooth. Bamboo also ranks quite high on the Janka Hardness Scale. This measurement is a helpful way to compare the hardness level of different types of wood floors. Despite its high ranking of 3000, bamboo is known for denting more easily than some hardwoods. It also does not have a high resistance against insect damage.

 

Styles

Though bamboo is traditionally light in color, it is easily stained. If you prefer a style that is dark, gray or even white, you can find the perfect finishing option for your floors. Bamboo takes stains quite well, so it’s easy to change its original look.

 

If you want to learn more about this sustainable flooring option, contact us today at Floor Coverings International Lawrenceville. We offer free in-home consultations and estimates to the greater Lawrenceville, Norcross area.

 

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