All about bamboo flooring

December 23, 2014

Bamboo flooring has quickly become a trendy and environmentally-friendly choice for sustainable flooring. But what is it exactly?

All about bamboo flooring

What is bamboo?

Bamboo is a plant that is part of the grass family.

  • Bamboos have hollow stems and vascular bundles in the cross sections.
  • They grow in diverse climates from cold mountains to hot tropical regions.
  • Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, taking only five years to grow from seed to harvest. This makes it a highly sustainable option for flooring and other industrial uses.

Bamboo aesthetic

Bamboo flooring offers a modern, East Asian-inspired aesthetic that's perfect for a stylish loft or condo.

  • Bamboo has become a very popular choice for environmentally-friendly flooring, but not all bamboo is the same.
  • It also provides 35 per cent more oxygen than a grove of trees of the same size.

Bamboo laminate

  • The bamboo plant can be cut and laminated into sheets and planks, by cutting stalks into thin strips, flattening them, then boiling and drying the strips.
  • Then, they are glued, pressed and finished.
  • Though this method has been long used in China and Japan, entrepreneurs started developing and selling laminated bamboo flooring in the West during the mid 90s.
  • Products made from bamboo laminate, including flooring, cabinetry, furniture and even decorations, are currently surging in popularity, transitioning from the boutique market to mainstream retailers.

For your floors

If you are looking to upgrade your flooring and want an affordable and stylish solution that doesn’t hurt the environment, look no further than bamboo flooring.

  • It’s easy to install, looks great in any space, and won’t take a big bite out of your budget.
  • While bamboo flooring sometimes tends to scuff, if you choose a higher-end bamboo flooring, you’ll get a more durable installation.
  • Approximate Canadian price without installation: From $2 to $4 per square foot.
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