Bamboo Grows Popular
Bamboo flooring is growing in popularity. Bamboo, which is classified as a hardwood flooring and thus ideal for using if conducting wood floor repairs, acquired a less than stellar reputation when it first emerged as a player in the flooring industry during the mid 1990s, primarily because the methods used for its harvesting – in China – were neither environmentally friendly nor resulted in a particularly good product. The bamboo was harvested from natural habitats, often destroying them in their entirety, and often taken before it had even had the chance to be fully mature, the end result of which was a weak flooring product that buckled and cracked far too easily to be durable.
Today, while there are still some lingering concerns, many brands producing bamboo flooring pride themselves on being environmentally friendly and far more responsible than their predecessors. As a result the flooring is beginning to enjoy a resurgence both in the United States and the United Kingdom. While the new, more environmentally friendly nature of the product helps, many floor companies say that customers simply like bamboo flooring because of its very attractive appearance, as well as its durability, with strand woven bamboo that has been combined with resin resulting in an extremely hardwearing flooring option. Because bamboo flooring is what is known as open celled, it is also able to absorb extra moisture than other forms of hardwood flooring and while probably still not suitable for bathrooms, is an excellent choice for rooms such as the kitchen.