Move over bamboo there is a new green flooring in town. Eucalyptus is a great new trend in flooring that appeals to homeowners that want bamboo but are looking for a more traditional style. Bamboo offers an eco-friendly appeal that has been hard to find in other flooring choices until not. Eucalyptus is also a green building material and a beautiful flooring option.
The renewability of eucalyptus is ideal. The eucalyptus planks give the appearance of a mahogany wood while still being highly renewable. Eucalyptus trees are fast growing and only need about 14 years to grow to full size for harvesting. In 14 years a eucalyptus tree can be 14 inches in diameter and 120 feet tall.
Eucalyptus wood is extremely tough making it dent resistant and a great flooring option. When rated against Northern Red Oak it rates about 20% harder. Degrade is normal in any wood flooring type but eucalyptus has less degrade than in oak flooring.
Eucalyptus flooring is affordable. It can be as much as a 50% decrease in cost for eucalyptus over traditional wood flooring choices. There are both solid eucalyptus and engineered eucalyptus flooring options. Engineered is ideal in areas prone to a higher humidity. There are a lot of benefits to engineered eucalyptus including the option for wider planks. Engineered planks should still have a full-sawn veneer allowing them to be refinished like a solid plank.
Eucalyptus is harvest from a renewable crop, makes a beautiful and eco-friendly flooring. Is cost effective and long lasting option that is a great alternative to traditional hardwood flooring.