Building Green? Remember to Include Bamboo Floors

by | Feb 3, 2012 | Home Decor

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If you’ve decided to “build green” in order to reduce the carbon footprint of your new home, you have many things to consider. You’ve probably investigated all of the solar options available and reviewed passive windows and doors for costs and benefits, as well as level of energy containment. You may have even decided what type of super-insulation you want to use. All of these considerations are important, but you also need to look at what kind of floors you should have in your home.

One option that many environmentally conscious people choose is concrete, but you may prefer a material that provides more warmth and style for your home. If you need a type of flooring that is both “green” and classy, one of the most eco-friendly forms of flooring you can choose is bamboo. Bamboo floors are an excellent choice for two reasons: first, bamboo is a superior floor material; and second, it’s extremely eco-friendly.

Bamboo gives your floor a look and feel that mimics hardwood flooring. However, bamboo is harder, stronger and more durable than many woods. It is also naturally insect and moisture-resistant. Its natural color is similar to that of beech wood, but it can be stained if a darker, more oak-like color is desired. Bamboofloors are incredibly easy to clean and are perfect for those with allergies, as they do not promote dust or harbor dust mites. Generally speaking, bamboofloors also cost far less than their hardwood counterparts.

Additionally, bamboo floors are especially kind to the environment. Because bamboo is a grass and not a wood, it is a highly sustainable flooring source. The most common type of bamboo used for floors is Moso bamboo. Moso bamboo can grow up to 47” in 24 hours and up to 78 ½ feet in 40-50 days. Bamboo only takes 3 to 5 years to reach maturity, as opposed to the ten to twenty years it takes for most hardwoods to do so. Furthermore, since the root system is left intact when the bamboo is harvested, there is no need for replanting.

In its natural state, bamboo needs little to no irrigation. In addition, pesticides are not necessary for it because pests are not a threat to its growth. As if all of these advantages weren’t enough, bamboo also does not require any fertilizer for its amazingly rapid growth and hardiness.

With all of these “green” benefits, you should consider using bamboo for the floors in your home. With its cost-effectiveness, easy maintenance, style, durability and a minimal carbon footprint, you can’t ask for a better flooring material. (A division of Broadway Floors) was founded in 2004, and customer feedback has guided our business plan since day one. Our company started out in a 10×14 room with 1 phone line. Today, we process several hundred orders every month out of a 20,000 square-foot facility with a talented team of employees. We sell top-quality, premium flooring, including bamboo floors

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