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Bamboo flooring has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years and flooring manufacturers continue to attract customers with more and more variety in styles, colors, and even bamboo hybrids, such as "Corboo", a combination of cork and bamboo. Just as the options for bamboo flooring vary, so do the prices and levels of quality. Cheaper bamboo floors are often installed in homes prior to sale and look fresh and modern for what may be less than a year before they start to show significant wear. These less expensive products are often made of younger bamboo that is softer and more susceptible to wear and damage than mature bamboo. Furthermore, manufacturers mainly concerned with producing a product for the lowest price possible use materials and processes that are not necessarily environmentally sound, thus making an eco-unfriendly product out of a renewable resource.So how do you choose an eco-friendly bamboo floor that will last for years? Following is a list of points to consider when shopping:A durable finish is critical with morning star bamboo flooring, as bamboo can be difficult to refinish. If you choose and maintain your bamboo floor well, you will not have to refinish it. UV-cured Aluminum Oxide finishes are the most durable. The manufacturer warranty should be at least 25 years.As the bamboo stalk matures, it becomes denser and the hardness increases exponentially each year. Bamboo floor made from young bamboo will provide a disappointing experience for your money. Look for bamboo that is at least 5-6 years old. Bamboo that reaches this maturity will be about 25 percent harder than red oak and 12 percent harder than North American maple. Younger bamboo can be as soft as pine.Bamboo floors can contain and emit various levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde. VOC's are organic chemical compounds that enter the atmosphere and may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Some bamboo is grown with the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers and manufactured with high levels of formaldehyde. The best brands contain formaldehyde levels far lower than what naturally occurs in nature. Choose a floor that has been tested and meets high standards for indoor air quality. Floors that are FloorScore certified are a good bet.Choosing a reputable brand that will stand behind the product will save you money in the long run. There are many stories on the internet by disgruntled customers who installed cheap bamboo that did not hold up to use. Teragren, US Floors, and EcoTimber are recognized and reputable brands that enjoy a high rate of customer satisfaction. EcoTimber's "Woven Honey" Bamboo floor, for example, received the top score and the only Consumer Reports "Best Buy" rating when compared not only to other bamboo products but to other leading pre-finished solid woods.
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