We’re renovating our living room at the moment and we’re at the stage of choosing contractors. Once the plastering and painting is all done we’ll be looking at flooring. A while ago my husband started talking about using bamboo flooring. I’d never heard of it before, but he presented me with some samples and I liked the way it looked and wanted to find out more. It’s becoming more and more popular and when you see it laid and go through the benefits, you can see why. Here are some photos of bamboo flooring in some dreamy interiors:
This is an example of bamboo flooring with a high contrast grain:
But what are the benefits of choosing bamboo flooring? Is it sustainable?
- It’s 3 times harder than traditional wood flooring, yet has the same look and feel
- It’s ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and hallways and perfect for families, as it’s so hard wearing
- It’s affordable at £3-£5 or equivalent in $
- It’s sustainable, harvested from FSC-certified and well managed forests (the renewable bamboo and eucalyptus regrows withing 3-7 years)
- It’s termite and rot resistant
- It can be used over concrete, underfloor heating and in cellars and basements
- It can be floating, glue or nail down
- It can be installed in any type of climate
- Clean and maintain the same as hardwood
- Moisture and stain resistant
Bamboo is actually a grass rather than a wood, it grows quickly and has the strength of steel. It re grows in 3-7 years, compared to up to 70 years for hardwood.
It seems to be a more eco friendly choice too:
Greater biomass & oxygen. Bamboo produces greater biomass – a renewable energy source – and 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest of comparable size.
Reduces CO2. Bamboo helps reduce carbon dioxide gases. Some bamboo sequesters up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare.
Serves as a water barrier. Because of its widespread root system and large canopy, bamboo greatly reduces rain runoff, prevents massive soil erosion and keeps twice as much water in a watershed. It also helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption.
Restores degraded lands. Bamboo can be grown in soil damaged by overgrazing and poor agriculture. Proper harvesting does not kill the bamboo plant, so the topsoil is held in place. Bamboo’s dense litter on the forest floor feeds the topsoil, restoring healthy agricultural lands for generations to come.
So as you can see it has many benefits and just happens to look amazing too.
This post is in collaboration with Ambient Bamboo Floors. All opinions are my own.