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Question DetailsAsked on 5/8/2011

Is Bamboo an Environmentally Friendly Flooring Choice?

Bamboo is an environmentally friendly choice when it comes to flooring. Every year 8 billion trees are cut down for a variety of uses ranging from paper to lumber for flooring and other constructional purposes. While many of the hardwood flooring manufacturers we carry are making efforts to ensure their harvesting techniques include replanting and taking care of the forests they are continuously taking down, many homeowners feel more comfortable choosing alternative flooring options for their home. Bamboo, which is considered a grass product more often than a wood product, grows so quickly [matures in about 5 years] that the bamboo sources are replenished much faster than any wood forest [taking 30 to 60 years]. To create flooring out of stalks of bamboo, manufacturers will strip the stalk into strips. Then, with the use of hydraulic pressure and environmentally safe adhesives, the strips are fused together and sealed into flooring boards. This end product results in significantly less formaldehyde content than found in traditional hardwood flooring products. Bamboo flooring, if harvested and manufactured correctly, is harder than a traditional oak floor. This is a reason for homeowners to take into consideration the source of their Bamboo flooring. Some Bamboo options can be found as low as $2 per square foot. In most cases, you'll find that these flooring collections are imported from China from no-name factories with poor working conditions and top profits as the only goal. They may not be harvested and manufactured correctly, but the homeowner will never know.

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I have a question. I have bamboo growing all over the place. I can't get rid of it. Will you come and dig it all out for me? LOL Now - my experience with it is that it breaks easily. How do you keep it from cracking and breaking in flooring?

Answered 9 years ago by PennsyNut


When you say "We don't offer these inconsistent products" it is obvious that you work for this company or have some vested interest in its sales, and your message is just an advertisement for teragren disguised as a message board entry.

Take it from someone who actually has this stuff on their floor...Bamboo is a terrible choice for flooring. First of all, it's not actually hard like you expect a flooring material to be. Just a dog walking across it normally puts scratches in the wood surface. It's a very poor quality material. Then, when the humidity goes up, the sides of the planks swell up higher than the middle, giving the floor a ripple effect which doesn't go away.

Add that to the fact that it is made in China (where everything is strictly enforced) and it was made by someone whose labor is owned by the Chinese government and is not allowed to prosper from their own work (and quite possibly by slave prison labor of someone imprisoned for being a Christian or Tibetian or othewise disagreeing with the oppressive empire) and you have a very poor choice for a floor which is definitely not harder than oak. That part is just not true unless you are talking about using huge amounts of pressure to compres the wood to achieve higher density, which will not last over time and will degrade with environmental humidity. Your advertisement disguised as a message board entry is typical of the underhanded way that many Chinese companies do business.

Answered 9 years ago by DavidS


There are a few obvious advertisements on these so-called message boards.

Answered 9 years ago by harry


If companies have to resort to posting ads on message boards they must not be a very good company. Thanks to DavidS who actually has bamboo flooring for telling us what it is actually like.

Answered 9 years ago by nakikita

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