In the greater White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis area, bamboo flooring has become increasingly popular. If it’s time for new floors in your home, consider choosing a style of bamboo from our wide selection here at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake. This durable flooring offers the beauty of hardwood, with a few added sustainable benefits that our customers love.
What is Bamboo Flooring?
Bamboo is often grouped with hardwood in flooring stores, but bamboo floors are actually made from a species of grass called “Moso.” It grows in thick stalks that are much thinner than hardwood. These stalks are sliced into strips and then laid into planks. The result is a flooring that comes out looking light a light hardwood floor with a subtle grain and smooth texture.
Bamboo is surprisingly hard when used as a flooring material. It ranks at about 3000 on the Janka hardness scale. This is slightly harder than white oak and ash, both of which are considered quite hard wood flooring materials.
Despite this impressive hardness level, it’s important to note that bamboo can dent and scratch more easily than some hardwoods in high traffic areas. Be careful about moving heavy things over the floor. If you are installing the floor in a particularly busy area we usually recommend investing in an area rug to protect some of your new floor.
Bamboo can be harvested after it has been growing for only four or five years. This is a quarter of the time that most hardwood trees would need to grow. When you harvest bamboo, you also won’t have to take the entire tree and start over like you often do with timber. Bamboo has a complex root system that can quickly rejuvenate and continue to grow.
Though bamboo is generally a light color, it can easily be stained to take on almost any color you want. Here at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake, we offer a wide selection of colors and styles for our customers. Our close relationship with top manufacturers allows us to offer great prices even on brand new styles from top manufacturers.
If you’re interested in learning more about bamboo flooring in the greater White Bear Lake, St. Paul and Minneapolis area, contact us today. We offer free in-home measurements and design consultations, too.
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