10 Reasons to Love Bamboo Floors

Bamboo flooring has won fans both for its look and performance, not to mention its environmental sustainability.

  1. Density Matters

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    floormall.com

    While bamboo boasts an appearance similar to that of hardwood, it's considerably denser than many wood species frequently used in flooring. These caramel-color planks from Mohawk mimic maple but provide greater durability.

  2. On the Edge

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    plyboo.com

    Edge-grain planks are formed by bamboo strips turned on their sides and stacked together. The effect brings a stunning amount of detail to everything from floors to cutting boards, and to nearly every surface in this kitchen!

  3. Better with Age

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    lumberliquidators.com

    Strand bamboo floors are made by compressing shredded bamboo fibers under high heat. Some manufacturers even use old-growth reeds to achieve greater density and hardness without compromising anything in the looks department!

  4. Unrestrained Stains

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    excaliburflooring.com

    Bamboo flooring can be stained virtually any color to complement your interior. This Roasted Espresso finish from Excalibur Flooring carries a dark sophistication, even as it protects against everyday wear and tear.

  5. Bare Beauty

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    teragren.com

    The light almond color of natural bamboo does not necessarily need to be stained. Teragren’s flat-grain planks (part of the Signature Naturals line) celebrate the material's inner beauty, making it clear why bamboo flooring is on the rise.

  6. Toasty Coloration

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    simplefloors.com

    Bamboo can be darkened by a process called carbonizing, in which carbon is added during pressure-steaming to imbue the flooring with a beautiful toasted honey color (though durability somewhat suffers as a result).

  7. Bring the Drama

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    ambientbp.com

    Not all bamboo floors are monochromatic. Elaborate patterns are formed when small rectangles of edge-grain bamboo are bonded together. This style highlights the natural variations in bamboo while transforming your floor into a distinctive statement piece.

  8. Animal Inspirations

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    bambooindustry.com

    These strand-woven planks combine strips of both natural and carbonized bamboo to create a unique tiger-stripe effect. As a safeguard against pests, the bamboo has been boiled in a boric acid solution to eliminate the sugar that attracts termites.

  9. Wide Open Options

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    duro-design.com

    While bamboo stalks usually only grow up to a few inches in diameter, bamboo flooring planks come in a variety of sizes to fit virtually any room aesthetic. Case in point: These planks from Duro-Design exceed seven inches in width.

  10. Install in a Snap

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    teragren.com

    This strand bamboo flooring from Teragren features a fold-down locking system that enables planks to be installed with neither nails nor glue, but rather as a floating floor. Anyone in the mood for an easy DIY project?

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