Why is bamboo better than wood?
Bamboo is a member of the grass family and is an evergreen recurrent flowering plant. They have been used in construction works since the beginning of human civilization. They are also in the limelight in our contemporary world, as people are getting more conscientious about the environment. Many items, such as chairs, stools, cutting boards, and drawers, are being made of bamboo. More and more people are attracted to bamboo-made products.
The growing popularity has raised the question, why people in large numbers are turning to bamboo-made products while ignoring other wood products. To know the superiority of bamboo to wood, you need to compare both of them on several parameters. Here are some:
For all living things, especially human beings and animals, oxygen is more crucial than water and food. In this sense, the planting of bamboo is superior to the planting of wood producing trees. Bamboo release more oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide more than four times in comparison with other trees. They keep releasing oxygen in the atmosphere all year round.
All trees and plants protect the soil. However, bamboos are able to more actively create protection in its environs against flash floods and soil erosion while other wood producing trees cannot offer similar safeguards. Bamboos thrive when they grow in large numbers close together in a smaller space while trees have gaps between each other.
In the contemporary world, people love buying goods that are light or portable. When shopping for kitchen utensils like cutting boards, you can rely on bamboo-made products when weight is a concern. The bamboo-made items, such as a bathroom table, are also lighter in comparison with the products made from wood planks like oak and mahogany.
A bamboo plank is easy to bend, and the bent bamboo has more load-bearing capacity. On the other hand, it is impossible to bend a wood plank of any trees, such as oak, mahogany, teak, beech, and balsa.
When it comes to talking about water resistibility, bamboo-made products are far ahead than the products made of any wood planks. Most wood products are not resistant to water at all. You need to dry or clean the wood floor or other products at once when there is a spill of water or any liquid on the surface.
On the other hand, bamboo-made products or floorings don’t require instant drying or cleaning, as they don’t absorb water. They are not completely waterproof, but they are far more water-resistant compared to wood floorings.
The products made of bamboos are harder than steel unlike other wood planks. Due to their high tensile strength or robust structure, the bamboo made products, such as drawer organizers, are more durable than the wood obtained from some trees, like mahogany - oak is an exception in this category.
Trees are excellent and ideal for the betterment of our environment. However, we have to cut trees down to cater to our various needs. If you cut a maple, oak, or mahogany tree, the replacement turnover of these trees will take more than 10 years. In some cases, the time can be between 20 to 50 years.
Bamboo doesn’t need to be replanted. When they are removed from the ground another one will grow automatically from the same and will grow faster than all other wood producing trees.
Prices of objects, except essentials, affect most people. Some people change their purchase decisions when the price of a product is higher than their budget. Some wood planks may cost you more than $10/square feet while most of the bamboo planks cost you only from $5 to $7/square feet.
Bamboo is the better choice than other wood planks for many reasons. Whether it is strength, eco-friendliness, water resistibility, price, soil protection, or its role in affecting air quality, bamboo is superior to wood. With proper care and maintenance, you can expect using bamboo-made products for a more extended period.