Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring for the Green Builder

by Derrick Rexford on March 20, 2010

There is a major push in this country and around the world for architects and building contractors to utilize greener practices. Since people have drained the Earth of her natural resources for so long and taken advantage of all she has to offer, it is up to the people of today to pick up the slack. For years, many people did not believe that there would be a significant shift in climate patterns. Either that, or they chose to ignore it. Whatever the case may be, most people are beginning to realize that there is real problem at hand and something has to be done about it. Auto manufacturers are working harder than ever to develop cars with lower carbon emissions and electric capabilities. Businesses and neighborhoods are implementing stronger recycling and composting programs to do their part. These people are also using cleaner energy sources while applying energy conservation techniques whenever possible. New homes and businesses are also demanding greener building practices. More than ever, consumers are seeking strand woven bamboo flooring over traditional hardwood when planning a new property or upgrading an existing one. However, the environmental impact is not the only reason this product is in such high demand.

Traditionally, builders have utilized hard wood floors when building a new home or renovating an existing one. The primary reason is that hard wood was the only product available. One of the major problems people have begun to see in this practice is the environmental impact of harvesting hard wood. Deforestation is an issue that many people have a problem with and hard wood forests take decades to mature. That means that thousands of acres of natural land lay bare for years. Bamboo, on the other hand, takes mere months to grow to maturity and just five years to reach the necessary hardness to be manufactured and used in homes. It grows faster and it is easier to grow as well. The plant requires less water to grow strong as well as less attention. It is a plant that can be grown in mass quantities in a smaller space.

Environmentally, this practice provides one less reason for loggers to destroy natural forests. Since this product effectively eliminates the need for loggers, the process is made much more cost efficient. Tearing down bamboo is far cheaper than cutting down and curing hard wood trees. The manufacturing cost savings are passed right down to the contractors and in turn, the consumers.

The strand woven bamboo flooring also provides for a more durable product. Bamboo actually reaches a higher level of hardness than its traditional hard wood counterpart. Hard wood has a tendency to easily dent or chip, as it is a softer material. Something as ordinary as a dog or cat regularly walking across it can cause unsightly damage to a hard wood floor that is very costly to repair. The alternative produces a material with a more ideal level of hardness that is more difficult to damage.

Not only is strand woven bamboo flooring more environmentally friendly, more cost effective, and more durable, it looks beautiful. It produces a better grain that many say looks more chic than traditional hardwood. Why not go for a product that looks better, costs less, and is better for the environment?

Countless consumers around the world are enjoying the advantages of strand woven bamboo flooring in their homes or businesses. They get a superior product at a lower price while doing something positive for the environment. Contractors enjoy the fact that it requires the same tools and instillation as hard wood floors. Basically, it is a product that provides a win-win situation for all parties involved, including Mother Earth.

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