Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources on the planet and is becoming increasingly popular for flooring and cabinetry in homes. Unlike trees, bamboo is a grass that grows to maturity for harvesting in roughly seven years. Therefore, it is more readily available than hardwood which can take decades to reach its harvesting peak. Bamboo is known for its durability and sturdiness making, it an ideal medium to use for cabinets and flooring. Bamboo possesses a natural hue that will warm any area. Its grain is also distinctly linear so it can be installed either vertical or horizontal. Many homeowners are drawn to bamboo for their home improvement projects because it is such a renewable, green, product that will bring quality and beauty to your home. Here are some of the features and benefits of using bamboo for your next home improvement project.
The Finish: Bamboo offers beautiful markings that would be covered up if you applied a darker stain. The natural color of bamboo is so appealing that most people would not even consider staining it. The use of a clear coat will still allow the grain of the distinctively linear markings to show through. Bamboo will vary slightly in color, which some homeowners feel is aesthetically appealing because of its uniqueness.
Custom or Ready-to-Assemble?: Bamboo cabinets are available in RTA (ready-to-assemble) units as well as custom-built. If you are a seasoned DIY’er type of homeowner, tackling the RTA option might be right up your alley, but if you want to leave it up to the professionals contact your local contractor to have them custom made for your home.
Stability: Bamboo is a great medium to use in a kitchen area because it is dimensionally stable, meaning it doesn’t swell and contract as much as its wood counterpart which can be seen as an advantage where moisture levels are present, such as in your kitchen area from cooking.
Cost: Many people think bamboo cabinets are outrageously expensive, but they are relatively similar in price to their solid wood counterparts. The price will obviously vary on the options that you select, as well as the manufacturer of the product and if you DIY or have in done for you. You must keep in mind that the quality you are receiving by installing bamboo cabinets is much higher than standard cabinets.