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Strand woven bamboo flooring is a great flooring choice for many reasons. This article will look at the benefits of strand woven bamboo flooring – the environmental benefits, the health benefits and the excellent value of strand woven bamboo flooring.

Every day the great forests of the world are rapidly disappearing. At humanity's current rate of forest clearance there will be no more forests left in 40 years. That is a very sobering thought. Without forests we will suffocate because forests are the main providers of oxygen on the planet and the main absorbers of carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, it is difficult to stop using hardwoods for construction, furniture and flooring because timber is such an excellent and beautiful material.

The answer is to use materials that have many of the properties of hardwood but are renewable. Hardwood trees take between 50 to 150 years to reach maturity. Such a long span of time means that hardwood trees cannot be considered a renewable resource. Bamboo in contrast is ready to be harvested after only 5 years. Bamboo puts out new shoots and so does not have to be planted and bamboo contains a substance that naturally fights off pests and pathogens meaning that bamboo can be grown organically without pesticides. And furthermore, a stand of bamboo produces more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. These are some of the obvious environmental benefits of using bamboo instead of hardwood.

One of the best uses for bamboo is to make strand woven bamboo flooring. It is a simple process to make strand woven bamboo flooring. The bamboo is cut and then boiled to remove sugars. Then the strips of bamboo are subjected to heat and pressure with a low VOC adhesive to bind the bamboo together. The result is a hard plank of strand woven bamboo which is then milled into flooring planks.

Strand woven bamboo flooring looks very similar to hardwood flooring. Like hardwood flooring it is available in darker and lighter shades and also in tiger stripe patterns. Like hardwood flooring, strand woven bamboo flooring is strong, hard and long lasting. It can withstand high traffic situations and heavy furniture.

Strand woven bamboo flooring is also allergen free like hardwood flooring. Indeed in terms of health, strand woven bamboo flooring is better because it has anti-microbial properties that deter pests and germs. This makes strand woven bamboo flooring ideal for asthma and allergy sufferers.

And finally strand woven bamboo flooring is cheaper than hardwood flooring. Not only is it cheaper but often it is easier to install. Doing a DIY installation will also save you money.

Thus it can be seen that there are many benefits to buying strand woven bamboo flooring not the least of which is that it will help stop the world's forests from disappearing.