While you might associate Bamboo with exotic tropical destinations, home builders and renovators are increasingly using this wood for flooring.
Over the last decade or so, bamboo has emerged as an attractive flooring alternative to conventional wood or laminate flooring. It is rapidly renewable. Bamboo, actually a grass, grows very fast, and many species reach maturity in three to six years, compared to the hardwoods used in traditional hardwood flooring, like maple and oak, which make take half a century to mature.
There are several disadvantages to bamboo flooring, however. First of all, it does tend to originate in those exotic tropical destinations, and transporting it to your home requires an outlay of petroleum. Second, the bamboo fibers are joined together into woodlike panels througha lamination process that requires resins, many of them containing formaldehyde.
New formaldehyde-free bamboo flooring products are under development now, although even the products called solid bamboo floors do require binders or resins in their manufacture. Be sure to ask questions as you shop for bamboo flooring and look for products that are low in VOCs.
It is not without reason that home owners and interior decorators have their grounds to prefer bamboo to conventional hardwood flooring materials. Find out more about advantages and disadvantages of bamboo flooring and definitely give it a consideration when working on your home renovation or kitchen remodeling project.