A Comparison between Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring and Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring

Both reclaimed hardwood flooring and strand woven bamboo flooring are examples of sustainable flooring that are important to green interior design. They are both great environmentally friendly alternatives to buying new hardwood flooring.

Hardwood flooring has traditionally been a popular type of flooring because it gives a timeless elegance and style to a room. It also gives a room history, with the floor often lasting as long as the building itself. The problem, however, is that an area the size of Switzerland is lost every day to the loggers in the Amazon forest. And it is not just the Amazon that is under threat of disappearing: all virgin forests are under threat. The reason for the deforestation is partly driven by the consumer demand for hardwood products such as furniture and flooring. This situation is ruinous to the macro ecology of the planet – along with plankton, trees are the main carbon converters that stabilize the atmosphere making it suitable for life.

The only way to ensure the future health of the Earth is to protect the forests. Two of the best alternatives to new hardwood flooring are strand woven bamboo flooring and reclaimed hardwood flooring.

Bamboo is a renewable resource that reaches maturity in only 5 to 7 years. It can be compressed under heat with a low VOC adhesive to make strand woven bamboo. This is then cut into flooring planks. The advantage of strand woven bamboo flooring is that it is very strong and hard. It has a Janka Hardness rating of nearly 3,000 pounds force. Furthermore, it is beautiful like hardwood flooring and has the benefit of being anti-fungal and antimicrobial.

 

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Tags: green interior design, deforestation, strand woven bamboo flooring, Janka

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