Before you run out and buy a Bamboo floor consider this:-

Bamboo is technically a grass, not a tree that starts with rhizomes, stems that grow underground and send shoots and leaves above ground

not everything about bamboo is eco-friendly.

A necessary process in manufacturing a Bamboo floor is called Urea, it is a type of formaldehyde used to finish many types of bamboo. Formaldehyde is a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC), which reduces indoor air quality. Bamboo floor planks are manufactured by slicing or shredding the stalk of the bamboo grass plant, and then adhering the pieces back together using heat, pressure, and a resin based adhesive. However if you do not use this process but rather heat the Bamboo you decrease the strength of the Bamboo, oftentimes making it less durable than regular wood. bamboo planks that are darker in colour are generally also softer. That is because the carbonization process used to colour the wood also weakens it structurally.

Formaldehyde is all around us in many objects of daily life It’s in your clothes, furniture and curtains, walls as does your car, cigars or cigarettes. Formaldehyde is now classified as a known carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent. The bottom line is that you do not have to have it “living and breathing” with you every day of your life. Solid Australian Hardwoods are not manufactured using Formaldehyde.

Bamboo mimics the look of a hardwood floor but is not as hard

Not everything is coming up green for bamboo. Bamboo is only renewable if it’s properly maintained, and the fertilizers, pesticides and clear-cutting that has become more common to keep up with the demand for bamboo has made it less than an eco champion, often contaminating groundwater. There’s also the cost of transportation, as well as the cheaper bamboo that has popped up on the market, which is not only less durable but also uses more formaldehyde emitting finishes.

There is no independent system that is used to rate the quality of bamboo materials. Retailers will often sort lots into grade A and grade B materials, but that is an arbitrary system and does not reflect any independent gauge as to the quality of the planks you are purchasing. Unlike, Australian Hardwoods that are stringently controlled.

Forests also are being cleared to make room for the more profitable bamboo. While bamboo is good at preventing soil erosion, the initial deforestation and time it takes for the bamboo to establish itself leaves the land vulnerable. Additionally, while bamboo makes a good habitat for a large number of insects, birds and animals like the Pandas, there are other species that only call tree forests home; replacing much of the tree forests with bamboo decreases biodiversity in Asia the largest region for Bamboo sourcing.Image

 

 If you want a sure fire way to improve the look, durability and value of your home or commercial property, hardwood floors are the way to go. Besides being beautiful and hard-wearing, hardwood timber flooring is environmentally friendly as well. Wood is a natural resource that is both renewable and recyclabl­e. Most hardwood floors almost never need to be replaced and can add thousands of dollars to the value of a home. Hardwood floors offer an incredible array of aesthetic options, to­o. From the kind of wood, to the finish, to the design of the floor pattern, hardwood floors will suit almost any taste and circumstance.

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Blackbutt timber flooring above and a matching staircase

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