With bamboo flooring becoming so popular, how do you choose which company to buy from? It seems like a new bamboo floor manufacturer is popping up every day. They have graduated from just furniture to include flooring and fencing. The reasons for this growth are simple. Bamboo is cheap, easily renewable and the demand is growing exponentially. Not just used for furniture anymore, bamboo is now becoming the leader in home renovations for flooring.
Before buying a ton of bamboo floor materials, do your homework. Some manufacturers produce very poor quality. They buy their bamboo from farmers that harvest after only two years and then treat it with formaldehyde to speed up the hardening and coloring process.
This results in an inferior floor that will not last more than a few years.You need to ask yourself this: is bamboo flooring good?In order to know the benefits of bamboo flooring you’ll need to remember that a good quality bamboo floor should last at least thirty years, and it also needs to meet the following:
Things to look for:
- Where does the company get the bamboo from. Which farmer and in which region.
- Is the farmer using extreme chemicals to speed up the growing cycle.
- Is the farmer harvesting young bamboo. Bamboo should only be harvested at five years or older.
- What processes does the manufacturer use.
- How long has the company been in business. Do they have the knowledge and experience to produce a quality product.
- Is the price too good to be true. Very low prices usually translate into very low quality.
The area where the bamboo grows could affect the quality. Poor soil conditions will, obviously, produce a lower grade of bamboo. Harvesting young bamboo results in softer, less durable flooring or furniture. Bamboo hardens as it ages, that is why it needs to age for at least five years. Some farmers have been accused of using growth hormones to speed the aging cycle. Making the stalk appear fully grown, when it is actually still very immature and soft.
Unlike a tree, the root of the bamboo continues to grow after it is cut. A ‘mother’ root can produce many offspring, making bamboo a great renewable resource. The same plant can be harvested every five years.
Once a tree is cut, it is gone. Naturally, you can not get as many boards from a bamboo stalk as you can from a two hundred year old tree, so you need many stalks. But bamboo grows like a weed, is small and easy to take down, making it very easy to get a few hundred stalks in a very short time.