People are going green in all aspects of life these days and they want there homes to be green too. This Is not just because they intend to do their bit to keep the planet green, going green is also a fashion statement these days. As a result, a trend like “green or eco friendly flooring” is catching up these days.
One of such trends that have gained currency recently is bamboo flooring. Bamboo is used for flooring in both residential and commercial buildings.
There are many advantages of using bamboo flooring.
- Bamboo goes up fast and hence is a renewable source. Hence using them for as eco friendly furniture does not threaten Bamboo trees.
- They are affordable and have a more stable price as compared to other materials commonly used in flooring. With some background in carpentry, you can yourself install bamboo flooring and save on the cost of installations.
- Bamboo flooring is easy to install and doesn’t require any complex procedures.
- It is more durable than other forms of flooring. They are also more resilient than other forms of flooring. Make sure you have quality bamboo flooring, those that have been harvested for five years and more. This flooring is usually laminated and treated so that it fights moisture. This is good for any room – from bathroom to kitchen. Usually, they are used at areas with more moisture.
- Bamboo flooring looks stylish and unique and they can be arranged in different patterns to create different designs. You will often come across bamboo flooring at business places like beauty spas and parlors, as they tend to give a posh look.
The Environment-Friendly Characteristic of Bamboo
- Bamboo is a grass and not wood. Moso Bamboo, the most common one to be used in eco friendly furniture, grows up especially fast. It has a growth rate of about 47 inches/day and in about 5 years maximum they are fully mature. Compared to this, traditional hardwood takes anywhere from 20 to 120 years to mature fully.
- Bamboo does not need to be replanted. The root system of bamboo is left intact. It has a rhizome structure and its horizontal stem grow below the surface of the earth. This helps in reproducing bamboo. Plants with a rhizome root structure colonize laterally.
- Bamboo helps hold the soil and hence prevents soil erosion, thereby maintaining the fertility of the area they grown on.
- Bamboo does not need much investment for its growth if it is harvested in its natural habitat. There is no need for any irrigation, any fertilizer or any pesticides. It grows on its own.
- Bamboo helps in reducing carbon footprint. A bamboo forest has the capacity to take in 70 per cent more carbon annually as compared to hardwood forest.
Of course, these benefits of bamboo are limited to its natural habitats. The LEED Program of The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) awards points to builders for bamboo flooring as It considers it a renewable source. However, environmentalists have criticized the use of bamboo for flooring on many grounds and that needs to be considered before declaring its use completely green and environment friendly. Eco friendly furniture must be used more extensively.