If you’re looking for an eco-friendly, attractive flooring then you’ve probably had the same question as many others in your situation. Which is the better eco-friendly flooring option? Laminate or Bamboo?
We should begin by pointing out that both laminate and bamboo are great flooring options and have their own unique advantages and disadvantages apart from just the green factor. But in this article we are going to focus on the eco-friendly aspect of these materials.
There are a lot of things to take into consideration when it comes to comparing eco-friendliness. Sustainability, chemicals used, transportation, VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), and side effects of production.
Bamboo is generally transported a long way before it it makes it into your home while laminate flooring is often made closer to home. However, Bamboo is also a grass and one of the fastest growing plants on the planet which makes it a very renewable resource.
Laminate on the other hand is constructed from trees which take years to grow. But it only uses a small layer of actual hardwood and hardwood tends to grow extremely slowly, which makes it more renewable than a solid hardwood floor.
Some chemicals might be used in the production of bamboo floors depending on the variety you use, but laminate flooring often uses chemicals in it’s production.
The other things to take into consideration is that bamboo can be quite a bit more expensive and while bamboo is a very hard flooring option it’s also easier to scratch than laminate. Though both are great flooring options and laminate flooring is becoming more eco-friendly as the technology constantly improves, bamboo pulls ahead in the eco-friendly front.