up close view of bamboo flooringFloor Coverings International Dakota County carries a great selection of quality bamboo flooring. Bamboo is a popular flooring material in the greater Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul areas because it provides the natural feeling of hardwood with the added benefit of being environmentally friendly. Read on as our flooring team discusses what you should know about bamboo flooring.

A Great Hardwood Alternative

The most important thing to know about bamboo is that it is not a type of hardwood. Rather, bamboo is a type of tall, sturdy grass that is found growing throughout the world. In terms of design, the finished product closely resembles the look and feel of natural hardwood planks. It provides similar stability in most areas of your home and its unique grain patterns and stain options provide you with a range of design possibilities.

Eco-Friendly Flooring Choice

Bamboo is a great choice for homeowners looking for a renewable flooring material for their next project. The bamboo used for flooring regrows at a much quicker rate than the trees used for hardwood that require 40-60 years to reach full maturity. Bamboo, on the other hand, only requires 3-5 years to fully regrow, and the harvesting process leaves the plant’s root system completely intact.


There are many finishes for your bamboo floor that can create a new look by increasing the gloss or staining the color of the planks. Additionally, the finish will provide protection against scuffs, scratches, and spills. You can also stain the bamboo with darker stains for a more dramatic look. Bamboo flooring is even available with hand-scraped finishes for a truly unique flooring with a timeworn feel! Similar to hardwood flooring, bamboo should not be installed in areas where there are high levels of moisture such as bathrooms or basements.

modern living room with bamboo flooring

Our professionals at Floor Coverings International Dakota County can help you find the perfect floor for your project. Our installation team will work quickly to install your new floor so you can start enjoying your new space. Call us today at 952-808-1122 to talk with a design expert and learn more about our selection, or schedule a free in-home consultation where we will bring bamboo samples directly into the comfort of your home. Our flooring experts will help you see how the different options will look with your furniture and decorations.

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