Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth, with a tensile strength comparable to steel. Despite being categorized as hardwood flooring, bamboo is actually a grass, not a wood, and it grows in specific climates all over the world. Made into bamboo flooring, it is beautiful, durable and sustainable. For these reasons, bamboo is rapidly becoming one of the most popular types of residential and commercial floorings installed today.
How Ambient Bamboo Flooring Is Made
To make Ambient bamboo flooring, we harvest A grade Moso bamboo when it is between five and seven years old (6" to 8" in diameter) to ensure maximum strength, durability and quality. After stripping off the outer layer of green skin, we slice only the middle of the culm - the most resilient part of the stalk - into long strips. Depending on the type of flooring, the strips are then heated, dried, pressed and glued together to make bamboo flooring boards. Our precision milling techniques and proprietary AccuSeal Finishing System result in a wide variety of stylish, stable bamboo flooring options that will last and add value to your home.
Bamboo is an earth-friendly choice for many reasons:
Fast regrowth. Almost 1 million acres of forest vanish per week. While a 60-foot hardwood cut for market takes 60 years to replace, a 60-foot bamboo cut for market takes only 59 days to replace.*
Greater biomass & oxygen. Bamboo produces greater biomass - a renewable energy source - and 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest of comparable size.
Reduces CO2. Bamboo helps reduce carbon dioxide gases. Some bamboo sequesters up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare.
Serves as a water barrier. Because of its widespread root system and large canopy, bamboo greatly reduces rain runoff, prevents massive soil erosion and keeps twice as much water in a watershed. It also helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption.
Restores degraded lands. Bamboo can be grown in soil damaged by overgrazing and poor agriculture. Proper harvesting does not kill the bamboo plant, so the topsoil is held in place. Bamboo's dense litter on the forest floor feeds the topsoil, restoring healthy agricultural lands for generations to come.
*International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)