bamboo flooring bellevilleHomeowners in the greater O'Fallon, Edwardsville, and Belleville area love the look and feel of bamboo floors. Although this sustainable flooring has been used as a building material in eastern Asia for millennia, it has only become popular in the United States during the last decade. There is a reason for this flooring material’s popularity: it is as practical as it is stylish. Here are three things to know about bamboo from your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Metro East.

Bamboo is not a hardwood.

Although it has many of the same qualities as a traditional hardwood, bamboo is not technically a hardwood. Bamboo is in the grass family, and some species can grow inches per day. This is why bamboo is so sustainable: it can grow the same distance in one day that it takes an oak tree to grow in one year. Thus, it requires less time and resources to produce bamboo flooring, making it a great option for environmentally conscious families.

Bamboo is strong and durable.

It may not be a hardwood, but bamboo is just as hardy. In fact, bamboo is stronger than most hardwoods. With a Janka score of 3,800–5,000 (depending on the quality), bamboo truly earns its place at the top of the scale with the exotic hardwoods. For comparison, one of the most popular hardwoods is white oak, which has a Janka rating of 1,360.

Bamboo isn’t just for modern aesthetics.

Bamboo found its footing in modern American architecture, which values high-quality, sustainable building materials. It is often associated with sleek, minimal aesthetics, however, bamboo is right at home in any style of décor. Depending on the stain and finish, bamboo works with traditional, rustic, or contemporary homes.

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At Floor Coverings International Metro East, we take great pride in our work to provide high-quality flooring to families living in the greater O'Fallon, Edwardsville, and Belleville area. Call today to schedule a free consultation and find the floors of your dreams.

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