Bamboo and coconut palm can work as wood substitutes and look just as warm.
Rob. D. Brodman

Wood Substitutes

What it is: Bamboo and coconut palm, like wood, make warm-toned floors. Timber bamboo (a grass) produces a hard surface that ranges from light yellow to amber. Coconut palm is handsome and richly grained; it's slightly softer and varies in color.

What makes it green: They're fast growing and underutilized, reducing the demand for lumber. The densest, best-wearing bamboo product is made of bamboo strands molded together on overlapping layers. Be sure that glues are low-VOC (volatile organic compound) and that bamboo grew to maturity.

Cost: $6 to $8 per square foot.


Next » Cork
«
Wood
Previous Wood
»
Cork
Next Cork
2 of 6 Wood Substitutes







New on the Web


Around The Web



Bold Style Calendar

Aug
24
Improve Your Mood

Add more lighting to your home to combat the darker days that fall brings. The extra light will... » See Full Calendar