Bamboo Laminate Flooring
Until about 10 years ago, wood flooring was typically made from tree species such as oak, pine, walnut, mahogany, and fir. However, as the public became more educated about the dangers of depleting natural resources such as forests where trees were being destroyed in vast quantities, manufacturing companies began looking at alternative resources. In-depth studies have finally proven that pollution, toxins, the destruction of rainforests and traditional forests, oil spills, and more cause serious damage to the earth’s environment.
While it is known that the ozone layer is deteriorating and that greenhouse gases cause serious damage to our planet, the full impact of decisions made will not be known for many years to come. However, instead of waiting to see the full spectrum of damage and changes that would be needed to improve the Earth in 20, 30, or 40 years from now, flooring manufacturers took quick action to find other materials that could be used. The result of this decision was startling even to those leading the way.
For this decision, this industry was applauded for its efforts to make a difference by identifying and using natural or recycled resources for flooring over genuine wood. Once the initial effort was started, it did not take long for wood flooring manufacturers around the world to join forces, offering consumers alternative sources as standard business practice. Today, the decision to look at other flooring options has led to new discoveries in the form of exotic flooring materials that are considered renewable.
While this change has led to the discovery of new materials for flooring such as cork and coconut wood, one material in particular has quickly become the most popular choice – bamboo. Keep in mind that bamboo is not actually a tree but a type of grass. The primary benefit to bamboo wood flooring over traditional wood is that when a tree is cut down, it dies. Depending on the species, it could take anywhere from 20 to 100 years or more for a replacement tree to reach the same level of maturity as the one destroyed. However, bamboo matures in just seven years and when cut, the plant continues to thrive, ready in another seven years with a new crop of bamboo to harvest.
Some of the other benefits associated with bamboo wood flooring include this material being relatively strong, very durable, naturally resistant to insect damage, include termites, it is lightweight, easy to work with, and incredibly beautiful. With bamboo wood flooring, manufacturers can create planks left in their natural state, which is a gorgeous option. However, for something different, manufacturers can also create a unique look based on staining the bamboo or treating it with heat. The result is a new array of rich, sophisticated colors.
Because of the aesthetics of bamboo wood flooring, this choice is perfect for any home regardless of architectural features or decorum. For instance, bamboo floors create warmth in country style homes, charm in shabby chic homes, and a homey look and feel in traditional homes. On the other hand, bamboo floors would enhance features found in contemporary homes, balance out old and new associated with transitional homes, or create an authentic look in Mediterranean style homes. No matter the style of home, the type of furniture, wall color, artwork, etc, bamboo flooring pulls everything together perfectly.
Without doubt, bamboo wood flooring is the ideal choice when wanting to transform the home from something dull and outdated to a tranquil, elegant space. In addition, bamboo flooring is a great way to add value to the home. Although this renewable material is more expensive than genuine wood used for flooring, considering the long list of benefits it makes an excellent investment. The only drawback is that bamboo is susceptible to staining. Therefore, it is essential to purchase flooring of this type from a reputable company and have the floor installed by someone with experience working with bamboo.