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Anderson Floors Exotic Impressions Making An Impression On The Environment

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.

In the Exotic Impressions line, Jatoba Sunrise Maple Classic is a real knock-out with its rich, red appearance that resembles the exotic hardwood found in the Caribbean, South America, and Central America. Its also available handscraped.

If you like the way teak lights up under the sunlight of an open window, go for Teak Effect Hickory Classic. With Tigerwood Birch Classic, Birch takes on the golden look of Brazilian Tigerwood. Looking for something dark and elegant? Santos Red Birch Handscraped has the dark brown appearance of mahogany, with hand scraped details to add character.

In fact, all the woods in Andersons Exotic Impressions line have character, and with Permacolor, they shine right on through, enlivening your home without environmental impact.

To learn more about Anderson Hardwoods Exotic Impressions line, speak to an authorized Anderson Hardwoods retailer and installation specialist.

The Benefits of Laminate Bamboo Flooring

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. Typical finishes include; no-stain (a natural look and color), glossy (distinct shine), and matte (mottled appearance). Matte-finished laminate bamboo flooring is typically more scratch-resistant than the glossy finish. Unfinished or no-stain flooring gives the buyer more choices for finishing the flooring.

Bamboo flooring installs in the same manner as standard hardwood flooring. It can be glued to the subflooring, installed over plywood and particleboard, or nailed with a nail gun (pneumatic nail guns are preferred). After installation, laminate bamboo flooring is as easy to care for as typical hardwood floors. Entrance mats for dirt, daily dusting/sweeping, and quick cleaning of spills is all that is necessary for long-lasting, beautiful bamboo flooring.

Not to be confused with the bamboo mats that are strung together out of thinly sliced bamboo reeds, bamboo flooring is a high-quality option to make an aesthetically pleasing, beautiful floor in any home or office. Besides the benefit of helping the environment, a laminate bamboo flooring also adds a stylish, beautiful floor that will add value to your property and last for many years.

What You Need To Know About Bamboo Flooring

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 plant harvesting can be done without causing any permanent damage.

Bamboo flooring is engineered like a laminate and treated under very high pressure with a high quality adhesive. This makes bamboo flooring extremely hardy and resistant to abrasion, where less treated hardwood floors may show scratches after a while. Bamboo flooring has become significantly more affordable in the past few years as well.

Best of all, bamboo flooring is easy enough to lay down without any professional help. Like many of the newer hardwoods, bamboo flooring is made with a groove that allows the planks to interlock, making them considerably easier to install. Prior to laying down a bamboo floor, let the planks sit in their new environment for no less than 72 hours. Although bamboo flooring does not suffer from water damage like hardwood, they do need some time to adjust to the new environment before installation.

What steps need to be taken in order to provide upkeep for a bamboo floor? Maintenance requirements are fairly easy for bamboo flooring. Be sure to clean the floor after installing it, using a mop with only a little bit of water. Regular dusting and sweeping should be done after installation. This will prevent dust and dirt from collecting on the finish. A mat used at the entrance way will keep out a great deal of dust and dirt. Dirt and small rocks can easily scratch the finish, and a mat can do a great deal to prevent this problem.