Bamboo: Going Green With Your Home Improvement Projects
Home improvement projects have become very popular as of late although many homeowners now get caught up in going green which can sometimes stall their projects due to the many choices they will face. Homeowners these days are environmentally conscious and usually go to great lengths to ensure that the project doesn't contribute to their carbon footprints or pollution in general. Homeowners looking to go green actually have a number of options at their disposal regardless of the type of home improvement project they intend to move forward with.
Some homeowners may wish to upgrade flooring, fences, decks, and even countertops or furniture but what many of these people do not know is that they can undertake these projects utilizing environmentally friendly materials. The best and perhaps most underutilized green material for home improvement projects is bamboo. Bamboo can be used in a wide variety of different home improvement projects and is extremely sturdy. Better yet and environmentally speaking, bamboo grows back rather easily and quickly when compared to trees that are cut down and used in home improvement projects.
When it comes to flooring bamboo is rumored to be stronger than red Oak and it boasts a stunning appearance in any house in which it is installed. As a result of its durability and its aesthetic properties, bamboo is rapidly becoming the first choice for homeowners who want to add new flooring in their home.
Homeowners who want to add or upgrade fences and decks can also select bamboo as their material of choice. It's far more attractive than chain-link fencing and is just as durable as cedar fencing. Best of all bamboo fencing can be attached to an existing fence or have a traditional wood frame built around it to make it look extra special.
Homeowners who want something special in their kitchens can utilize bamboo for countertops and even their cupboards and cabinets. Doing so will make a kitchen look inspired and radiant. Additionally, as bamboo is denser than most other hardwoods it is perfect for kitchens because spills and messes are far easier to clean on bamboo then there are other woods.
Believe it or not homeowners can actually utilize bamboo to have furniture custom-built for their home. This type of home improvement project can be especially exciting because furniture is everywhere within a home and is seen by everybody. When homeowners think of bamboo furniture they will sometimes think of rustic bamboo pole furniture that was popular throughout the 1970's. Modern bamboo furniture however is quite different and the wood can be used to create elegant dining sets, coffee tables, bed frames, and just about any other type of furniture that a homeowner can imagine.
While bamboo may not be a wood that suits the project needs of some homeowners, it is a wood that should be considered by any homeowner who wants to be as green as possible and produce end results that are simply stunning.