Do you want to put wood on your floor but don’t have a lot of money? When you are building or remodeling your house, apartment, or office, you want it to look good, and achieving this; wood floors are usually a great option. Still, being honest, the wood floors’ cost is not generally very friendly, and their maintenance or repair can be costly. This is precisely why, in recent years, the construction and decoration industry has been looking for sustainable, practical, and more economical materials than the traditional options. The one that has stood out from the majority is bamboo.
Bamboo, also known as Guadua Angustifolia, is one of the materials most used since ancient times by man to increase his comfort and well-being. In today’s world of plastics and steel, bamboo continues to make its century-old contribution and is still growing in importance.
Guadua is a woody bamboo that belongs to the grass family, taxonomically to the Poaceae, and of which there are about 1000 species in the world, 500 of them in America. Of these approximately make up the priority species of bamboo, and within them, one has the best physical-mechanical properties in the world and extraordinary durability: the Guadua Angustifolia.
This species is the third-largest bamboo in the world, surpassed only by two Asian species. It reaches meters in height and 22 cm in diameter. This bamboo is endowed with conditions that make it ideal for different fields of use.
It is a sustainable and renewable resource because it is self-multiplying vegetatively, i.e., it does not need seeds to reproduce, as is the case with some timber species. It also has a high growth speed, almost 11 cm per day in optimal conditions. It is said that it can reach its full height in only six months, positive facts if we consider that one of the main problems for the planting of timber species and reforestation is the extremely long time it takes to obtain results.
Planting bamboo cooperates with reducing deforestation, which is one of the main problems we have on the planet. One hectare of bamboo captures approximately 40 times more CO2 than the same area of pine trees in one year. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants annually without causing soil degradation; it is so easy to harvest that it can be found practically everywhere on the planet.
Another reason why bamboo is a sustainable material is that the people who harvest it can benefit from a bamboo plantation for more than 80 years. It is not fumigated and does not need fertilizers.
Its natural look and warmth are not the only thing you can get from installing bamboo flooring in your home. This material also stands out for its strength, durability, and easy maintenance.
Besides, it does not require significant work to install, is 100% environmentally friendly, and does not attract termites or other pests after being treated.
The market offers solid bamboo flooring, a density of 0.60-0.73 g/cm3, and is ideal for residential use. High traffic bamboo is also marketed for commercial and residential use because its density is 1.10 g/cm3.
Well cared for, wood applied to kitchen and bathroom floors can last for decades. To do this, the floor must be waterproof and kept free of small spills such as splashes from sinks and especially from water leaks from pipes or faucets.
To keep it looking like new, wipe it with a slightly damp mop. Do not use any wax. A cleaner specifically formulated for wood floors, preferably non-toxic and environmentally safe, can be used. It can also be swept with a soft cloth or vacuumed.