There certainly is a lot of buzz about bamboo these days. Bamboo flooring is not only beautiful and stylish, but it has been proven to outperform traditional hardwood flooring in many ways.

Renewable resource. Bamboo is actually a fast-growing grass, which makes it a renewable resource. The roots of the plant continue to produce new shoots even after the mature plants have been harvested.

Finish options. You’ll find a variety of bamboo finishes on the market these days. There are floor panels available with grains running either vertically or horizontally, and those that come in either a dark or light finish.

Durability. Bamboo floors are generally more durable than wood. Just be sure to do some initial research on the bamboo materials that will be used by your contractor. Mature bamboo plants are strong, but overall durability depends on several factors. Ask questions about the age of the plants when harvested (young bamboo is softer and more susceptible to damage), ask if there are any materials or adhesives added, and ask about the source of the plant.

Cost. Bamboo floors are cheaper than most other flooring options the plants can grow almost anywhere and grow quickly. Bamboo floors are also easy to install, which helps further minimize the expense.

Easy maintenance. A simple dust mop is the most effective cleaning method for bamboo floors. Dry mop at least twice a week to remove dirt or grime, and then follow with a lightly dampened mop using warm water and a small amount of vinegar.