The 2000s is the century of the green revolution. With the discoveries of the harmful effects of pollution in the 1980s and 1990s, people in the 2000s are much more eager to support environmentally friendly, sustainable initiatives in all aspects of their lives, from hosting parties to renovating their condominium. In the renovations scene, bamboo flooring has emerged as one of the most popular green choices. It will be the subject of our article today.
Bamboo flooring has arisen in recent years as an alternative to hardwood flooring. Due to the fact that bamboo is a grass rather than a tree, it grows much faster and is more easily replaceable when harvested than a tree. Where the wooden floors from most average home were made from trees that took up to 120 years to grow to maturity, bamboo is ready in 5 years. It grows nearly 4ft per day and doesn't need to be replanted because the roots are left in place when it is harvested.
In terms of its use in decorating, bamboo floors are elegant and nearly indistinguishable from their hardwood counterparts when processed for the North American market. Bamboo flooring comes in two colors - light (the natural color of bamboo which is similar to beech flooring) and dark (achieved through carbonization and looks similar to oak). Its harness factor in its natural state is comparable to oak flooring but becomes more like pine after the carbon darkening process.
Manufactured bamboo flooring is the type most commonly used in homes in Baby Point. It is factory sliced and glued together to simulate hardwood. However if you want a more traditional Southeast Asian look, you should buy flooring that has been less processed. This type of flooring is simply made of flattened bamboo stalk and has space between each stalk for air circulation and is usually used on raised houses. This would be appropriate for an outdoor North American deck but not for indoors.
Though bamboo flooring manufacturers pitch their products as "green" there are two issues you should be aware of when you're choosing a brand for your new home. The first is that some companies use laminates in the manufacturing process that can emit traces of harmful chemicals and compromise your indoor air quality. The second is that some companies destroy tree forest to plant bamboo. Check into these factors before buying if greenness is a concern for you.
Commercial Exterior Painting and Renovations Ltd.