Bamboo is actually a grass, not a wood. Unlike a tree, which can take decades to grow to maturity, bamboo is ready to harvest within four to five years. If bamboo shoots are not harvested when mature, they will fall over and disable future growth. The fast growth allows for controlled harvesting of a resource that would otherwise go to waste. This sharply contrasts the devastation that conventional logging currently has on our forests. Bamboo flooring is not only ecologically sound, but it also remarkably beautiful and elegant. Its grains provide an exotic and unique pattern that can compliment any decor in your room.
Bamboo flooring is also extremely durable. It is up to 34% harder than red oak and up to 15% harder than maple. Structurally, it is 50% more stable than red oak. Bamboo is also naturally more resistant to moisture than wood. It does not shrink or swell as much as wood and resists dings and dents better than wood flooring. No natural hardwood trees are cut down in producing bamboo flooring. Bamboo replenishes itself naturally, thanks to the extensive root system that continually grows underground. New growth, which springs out of the ground and can mature up to 24″ in 24 hours, is thinned out and canned to be used for products like chopsticks, doors, plywood sheeting, flooring, furniture, scaffolding, window blinds and much more. Unlike trees, which die when harvested, bamboo regenerates itself, making it a renewable resource.