Longing for hardwood floor with a rare, distinctive touch? Do you like the idea of an exotic wood floor, but are concerned about the environmental impact of cutting down rare, endangered wood species? Anderson Floors has the answer for you with a highly popular, environmentally sustainable engineered flooring collection Exotic Impressions.
With the rising popularity of exotic flooring, Anderson launched the Exotic Impressions line with the intention of making exotic-looking hardwoods available to homeowners, without a negative impact on the environment that is often seen with exotic woods. With exotics, the growing demand means that trees are torn down faster than they can be re-planted.
The key behind the eco-friendly Exotic Impressions line is Andersons exclusive Permacolor, which transforms sustainable North American hardwoods such as Maple, Hickory, and Birch, into exotic look-a-likes with a pearlescent effect. Whats even better? The exotic looks are achieved without stains or solvents, allowing the woods natural beauty to shine through.
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Bamboo, a grass once conjuring up images of Pandas and rickety boats, is now being used to make quality wood floors in many North American homes. Bamboo laminate flooring is both an excellent building material and environmentally friendly; bamboo is easily renewable and matures in only five years. It is durable, strong, hard, and dimensionally stable.
Grown in China and Southeast Asia, the many species of bamboo being used for bamboo laminate flooring are harvested after four or five years, cut into strips, dried in the sun, and then laminated either vertically or horizontally into two- or three-layer pieces. Horizontally laminated planks are referred to as face grained, and vertically laminated planks are vertically grained. Planks vary by color, which usually comes in natural shade or carbonized (darker). Carbonized bamboo is treated with heat to give it a more amber color.
After the initial processing, the bamboo laminate flooring planks are cut into various sizes and finished with a stain. …
Bamboo flooring provides another interesting avenue for those looking for something other than hardwood. Growing in popularity as an alternative, bamboo flooring has many features that make it stand out when compared to hardwood. Although harvested primarily in China, bamboo flooring can now be found easily in both European and North American markets.
How does bamboo flooring compare with traditional hardwoods? High quality bamboo flooring provides a tougher surface than even the rarest and most expensive hardwoods. Moisture does not affect bamboo in the way that hardwood suffers from water damage. Where traditional hardwood may cup and crown due to water exposure, bamboo flooring can absorb the moisture without a problem.
Many early adopters of bamboo flooring point out its environmental friendliness. The bamboo plant regrows very quickly when compared with the time it takes a forest to regrow. In fact, the bamboo plant is considered a grass, as it grows much quicker than any tree. When done responsibly, bamboo …