Bamboo is a pretty remarkable material, 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 wood countertops are just one example of this material’s versatility. If you’ve been trying to find an alternative countertop material that looks unique but still offers good functionality, bamboo might be a good choice.
The key to success with bamboo wood countertops however is understanding that they’re not made from a homogeneous slab of bamboo but rather, an “assembly” of sorts of pieces of bamboo, much like plywood is a fusion of several layers of wood. It’s also important to know that bamboo material has different characteristics based on how it’s constructed.
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.