If you’ve been looking into various kinds of flooring for your San Francisco home, then you’ve likely considered hardwood floors. If you’ve gotten that far then you’ve probably also heard that some people have been using bamboo for their flooring. There are many merits to considering bamboo, and yet one consideration that people have when choosing hardwood, is that fact that it adds value to their home. Bamboo is firstly, a bit cheaper than most hardwoods and the reason for that is because of the rate at which is matures. Bamboo is plentiful, but still has to be important from Asia. Hardwood on the other hand can be grown and harvested domestically.
Another consideration is environmental. While it’s true that there are some companies out there that harvest wood at unsustainable rates simply to make a profit, it’s also true that many companies don’t. Domestically grown lumber needs to be harvested at sustainable rates in order to conform with environmental laws. The majority of lumber that is harvested using unethical practices that promote deforestation come from South America. On the other hand there are many South American countries and companies that do harvest lumber ethically. So for folks that are considering bamboo for ethical reasons, there may be no reason to abandon hardwood completely.
In terms of quality, bamboo isn’t a bad option. It’s quite high on the Janka scale that measures the hardness of wood objects. It also looks and feels like wood. On the other hand, it isn’t wood. Bamboo will not likely raise the value of your property. There aren’t a plethora of options when it comes to bamboo either, and finally there are woods that are harder than bamboo.
The joy of hardwood is in the texture of the grain, the color, and sometimes even the smell. Woods like cedar and rosewood retain their view it smell for decades after being installed. They do raise the value of any property on which they are installed and in fact constitute one of the best other home improvements in terms of a return on your investment.
While bamboo is always an option for those that like the look of hardwood without actually needing real hardwood to do the trick, bamboo is basically analogous to being the generic variety of a well known and appreciated name brand. Those that are considering bamboo for environmental reasons should note that bamboo needs to be flown or shipped from a great distance, and the techniques used in turning bamboo into something resembling hardwood require industrial processing that requires added energy expenditure in terms of electricity and fuel. The only valid reason for choosing bamboo flooring over hardwood would be that it’s cheaper and that it kind of looks like a real hardwood floor.