10 Reasons to Love Bamboo Floors

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

Density Matters

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Density

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.

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On the Edge

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Edge-Grain Planks

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!

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Better with Age

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Strand Bamboo

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!

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Unrestrained Stains

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Stained Bamboo

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.

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Bare Beauty

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Natural Bamboo

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.

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Toasty Coloration

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Carbonized Bamboo

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).

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Bring the Drama

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Mosaic Bamboo

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.

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Animal Inspirations

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Tiger Bamboo

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.

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Wide Open Options

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Wide Bamboo Planks

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.

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Install in a Snap

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DIY Bamboo Floor

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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