Positive Impacts on the Environment
Bamboo flooring offers many positive impacts in relation to other flooring options. Bamboo grows from a seed into a full harvest in just 3-5 years. In fact, bamboo can grow up to 24 inches per day! This is a much faster renewal rate than trees. When bamboo is growing, it will also generate 35% more oxygen than other trees.
When bamboo is harvested, the roots remain in the soil. These roots will then begin to grow a new stalk without the need of replanting. This lowers overall labor costs. In addition, chopping these stalks allows sunlight to filter down and reach some plants that don’t grow as tall. This is a great way to renew ecology of a given system.
The cleaning of bamboo flooring can also be green. You can easily maintain your floor with some simple vacuuming and mop with warm water. There is no need to use harsh chemicals.
A bamboo floor can last for up to 50 years at a time. You could even refinish it to refresh the overall look. This means less waste and costs. When it is time to dispose of the bamboo floor, this natural material will break down over time.
If you want to use recycled materials on your floor, you could use reclaimed bamboo from an old project. This will add some character as well as save money.
While there are some clear downsides to bamboo flooring, it has become a far better option that most flooring products. Many of the concerns about bamboo will hopefully be addressed in the near future and we can see the industry moving towards a direction that cares more for the environment. When trying to figure out what flooring is best for your home or office, be sure to give us a call and let our trained professionals answer all your questions.