Bamboo is one of the most fascinating materials that we see
move into mainstream construction over the last 10 years. Perhaps it coincides
with the rise of China’s economy or just globalization in general, but bamboo
is everywhere and it’s amazing stuff.
Like any new material, buyers will ask about the durability
of a product before they invest thousands in their homes. Bamboo flooring, for example, holds up as
well as red oak (which is “the” industry standard for durability and quality).
Of course there are different brands and types so it is always best to seek out
a quality product from an expert to point you in the right direction. As far as
aesthetics go, the possibilities are endless. Like any wood, bamboo can be
treated, stained, and laminated in any color under the sun. It has a unique
linear texture which can be accentuated or dulled depending on your taste.
A Truly Green
More than just the color, bamboo is truly “green”. Talk
about renewable. Bamboo is one of the fasting growing plants on earth, growing
24 inches a day in tropical climates. It takes between 5 and 7 years for the
culm (or stalk) to mature enough to be harvested and be used as a wood
product. Considering it takes an oak
tree 120 years to mature, bamboo certainly seems like a move in the “green”
direction. The next step to reducing the
carbon footprint could be reduce emissions used to transport bamboo products
from overseas by supporting efforts to grow and product bamboo products closer
A Growing Market
used in China and Japan, entrepreneurs started developing and selling laminated
bamboo flooring in the West during the
1990’s. Products made from bamboo laminate including flooring,
cabinetry, furniture and even decorative use are currently surging in
popularity, transitioning from the boutique market to mainstream providers such
as Home Depot. The bamboo goods industry (which also includes small goods,
fabric, etc.) is expected to be worth $25 billion by the year 2012.
Want to learn more?
Check out these links for more interesting info:
All things Bamboo – Good Site – www.thebamboosite.com/
Another Opinion – hubpages.com/hub/Bamboo-FlooringPros-and-Cons
Seriously? Clothes? Wow.