in an addition to an existing home or as a replacement for an old
floor, you might consider an alternative hardwood - bamboo.
Even though bamboo is a member of the grass family, it is classified as a hardwood when used as a flooring material.
How does it compare to the conventional hardwoods?
Bamboo is 25% harder than Red Oak which is the material most people pick for their new hardwood floor. It is even harder than Rock Maple, making it extremely durable and resistant to impact.
Once bamboo has been installed, it expands and contracts 50% less than other hardwoods.
Bamboo, the fastest growing plant in the world, can be harvested every five years unlike trees which can take decades to grow to a size large enough to produce the wood required to create a floor.
It gets a 25% higher yield than any other hardwood source.
Since bamboo is a grass, harvesting bamboo does not kill the plant. It just sends up more shoots. Also, bamboo very rapidly reproduces itself by sending out runners under the ground from which new plants sprout up. It can be planted and grown in areas where trees won’t grow and will very soon create a bamboo forest, ready for harvesting in only half a decade and continuously replacing itself without any help from Man.
Bamboo hardwood comes in many lovely colors. So take a look at samples of bamboo before you pick your flooring material. You can have a beautiful and durable hardwood floor that is also environmentally friendly.
Call Gilbert Rocha at Rocha Construction, (310) 484-4256, to get a quote on a beautiful new, "green" hardwood floor!