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Bamboo Floors

Botanically, bamboo is not a wood at all, but rather a grass. Bamboo is attractive as a building material because it is very hard, strong, and dimensionally stable.

Environmentally, it’s hard to argue with a wood-substitute that matures in three years, regenerates without need for replanting, and requires minimal fertilization or pesticides.

Manufactured bamboo flooring commonly found in North American markets on the other hand is highly processed. The bamboo is split and flattened, before being laminated together with glue under high pressure. Bamboo floors are typically made available in planks.

Despite being technically a grass, bamboo is highly durable and sturdy. As far as flooring goes, it is 10% harder than red oak. The two major colors are natural (similar to beech) and carbonized (similar to oak).

Versatile - ease of installation. Bamboo Floors can be installed over concrete, particle board, plywood existing hardwood floors or by gluing, nailing or floating floor methods. Bamboo floors have a warm, natural look. They can be used in homes of any age and style. They are suitable for almost any room in the house, especially living rooms, dining rooms, family rooms, bedrooms, hallways and stairs.


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