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I was pretty surprised when my brother-in-law chose bamboo – it seemed oddly exotic for Canada. But bamboo is becoming a great choice for flooring. Physically, it’s a lot like traditional hardwoods. Naturally, it is the same hardness as white oak – but it takes a fraction of the time to grow. Today bamboo is often encouraged because it’s considered eco-friendly.
First of all, bamboo grows incredibly fast. Some bamboo can grow to 70 feet in less than 2 months. Bamboo reaches maturity in 3-5 years. Traditional hard woods take from 20 – 120 years.
Secondly, bamboo is unique root rhizome system. In fact, the plant can be harvested without disturbing the root system. Bamboo shoots up from the roots system and does not need to be replanted.
Thirdly, bamboo is a tough plant. Naturally resistant to drought, floods, and pests, the plant is incredibly hardy.
Finally, because of the unique root system, bamboo aids in reduction of erosion.