About Bamboo

Bamboo is quickly becoming one of the most versitile and eco-friendly building materials on the market. But do you really know what bamboo is? Read more about bamboo and it's unique characteristics.

What most people don't realize is that bamboo is actually a type of grass.  There are literally hundreds of different species of bamboo which can grow in a wide range of climates, and can vary greatly in height- the drawf can be as small as a foot high, while the giant timber bamboos can grow to over 100 feet in height. Since it is classified as a grass, it is much more dense, and in most cases stronger than hardwoods. In fact, bamboo is 15% harder than Maple and 25% harder than Oak.

Bamboo has many practical uses, because it can be both durable and decorative. In many parts of the world, bamboo is a food source as well as a primary construction material. Today in the U.S., more and more products are being manufactured out of bamboo- everything from kitchen utensils, to flooring, to furniture, and ofcourse... bamboo kitchen cabinets.

While the durability and decorative look is important, what is really contributing to the popularity of bamboo is the eco-friendly aspect of it. Bamboo regenerates and reaches maturity in 5 to 6 years, where as the average hardwood tree can take 30+ years to be able to be reharvested. This fact makes it a more sustainable product than hardwood, and will help reduce the depletion of our precious natural resources.

For more interesting facts about bamboo and it's unique properties, check out the American Bamboo Society