Bamboo for Counter tops Advantages --- Durable & Green & Unique
Bamboo is a green, environmentally conscious material because when managed responsibly, it is a fast, sustainable source of raw material for a wide variety of uses.Bamboo grows very rapidly and reaches harvestable maturation in 4 to 7 years. Compare that to a hardwood or even an evergreen tree which takes much longer to reach the point where it can provide a useful amount of material. When harvested, the roots of the bamboo plant are also preserved and the same plant will regenerate usable product within another 5 years.
Bamboo is a pretty remarkable material and bamboo countertops are just one example of this material's versatility.
If you've been trying to find an alternative countertop s material that looks unique but still offers good functionality, bamboo might be a good choice. The key to success with bamboo countertops however is understanding that they're not made from a homogeneous slab of bamboo but rather, It is made of laminated bamboo panel and pressed with 2 times. The top layer is end grain panel; the rest is regular laminated bamboo panel. With end-grain panel, it could have high strength and live for long time, not easy to be broken.There are other points to consider about bamboo like matching the right finish to the intended purpose and making sure it's installed properly.
To understand whether bamboo is good choice for a countertop material you first need to first understand something about the material itself. It's versatile, strong and beautiful but it also has some unique characteristics that govern how it's "put together" into a countertop surface.
Bamboo material, particularly in the form that's used for countertops, looks, feels and responds like wood. To be technically correct however, it's not wood but a form of grass.
The key point to understand about most things made from bamboo is that as a building material, bamboo is an "engineered" product. It's an 'assembly' of sorts of many pieces of bamboo that are glued together to form boards and panels, similar to how plywood is made.
The reason for this is because the bamboo plant's "trunk" (actually known as the "culm") is hollow. There's no way to extract wide or thick boards of bamboo like you can with large trees. Instead, the walls of the culm are sliced into strips and then glued together in various configurations to make the boards and panels used for things like countertops, cabinets and flooring.
Bamboo material, and as a result, bamboo countertops, are made using four different configurations of bamboo construction: