March 2024

Hardwood vs. Bamboo: A Sustainable Showdown

South Jersey Hardwood - Hardwoo flooring vs Bamboo flooring

Choosing sustainable materials for your home can be tricky. When it comes to flooring and panels, two popular options are hardwood and bamboo. But which is truly the more sustainable choice? This blog dives deep into the environmental impact of both materials, across various factors, to help you make an informed decision.

Growth and Maturity:

● Hardwood: Reaches maturity in 40-50 years, with responsible forestry practices showing significant growth (USDA Forest Service reports a 131% increase in hardwood trees since 1953).
● Bamboo: Matures quickly in just 5-7 years, but only specific species are suitable for building materials, and immature plants lack necessary hardness.

Energy Consumption:

● Hardwood: Requires minimal energy, mainly for sawing.
● Bamboo: Requires significant energy for processing and compressing its strips with adhesives, impacting its sustainability claims.

Chemical Usage:

● Hardwood: Generally uses no harsh chemicals. ● Bamboo: Often relies on formaldehyde-based adhesives, which can off-gas
harmful substances in lower-grade products.

Material Utilization:

● Hardwood: Responsible forestry practices ensure most of the log is used, with byproducts like bark and sawdust finding new purposes. Finished products can be repurposed or used as fuel.
● Bamboo: Manufacturing often wastes 35% of the raw material, with traditional methods reaching 65% waste.

Quality Standards:

● Hardwood: Established regulations ensure consistent quality in the US.
● Bamboo: Lacks consistent quality control, especially with products originating outside the US.

Carbon Footprint:

● Hardwood: Responsibly managed forests act as "carbon sinks," storing carbon long-term and offsetting emissions.
● Bamboo: Though the plant itself stores carbon, the energy-intensive processing and long-distance shipping negate its carbon-neutral claims.


● Hardwood: Can be sourced and shipped regionally, minimizing transportation emissions.
● Bamboo: Often travels long distances from Southeast Asia, adding significantly to its carbon footprint.


● Hardwood: Offers a wide variety of species, colors, and grains to suit diverse design needs.
● Bamboo: Generally limited to light, honey, or natural tones, with vertical or flat-grain patterns.

Lifespan and End-of-Life:

● Hardwood: Solid hardwood floors can last over 125 years with refinishing, and even scraps can be repurposed or used as fuel. When discarded, they decompose naturally.
● Bamboo: Typically lasts 30-50 years, and due to high glue content, may not decompose readily in landfills.


While both hardwood and bamboo have their advantages, hardwood emerges as the more sustainable option in most aspects. Its slower growth is counterbalanced by responsible forestry practices and minimal processing, leading to a lower overall environmental impact. This blog encourages you to consider these factors when choosing sustainable materials for your next home renovation project.

December 2023

Breathe New Life into Your Floors with Expert Sanding and Refinishing

Is your hardwood floor looking dull, scratched, or just plain tired? Does it need a refresh to recapture its original beauty? Professional sanding and refinishing services can give your floors a new lease on life and transform the look of your entire home.

At South Jersey Hardwood, we offer a wide range of sanding and refinishing services to cater to your specific needs and budget. We are experts in handling both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood floors, ensuring a smooth and flawless finish that will last for years to come.

Here's what we offer:

Sanding and Refinishing:

● We remove the old, worn-out finish, revealing the natural beauty of the wood underneath.
● We address any imperfections, scratches, or unevenness to achieve a perfectly smooth surface.
● We apply a brand-new finish that protects the wood and enhances its natural grain.


● This is a less invasive option for floors in good condition that only require a light refresh.
● We buff the surface to remove minor scratches and dullness, leaving your floors looking revitalized.
● We apply a fresh coat of finish for added protection and shine.

Commercial and Residential Services:

We are equipped to handle projects of all sizes, from small apartments to large commercial spaces.

Stain Selection Assistance:

Choosing the right stain can be overwhelming. Our experts can help you select the perfect stain to complement your existing décor and create the desired ambiance.

Experience and Quality:

Our team of highly trained and experienced professionals uses only the highest-quality materials to ensure your floors look stunning and last for years to come.

Competitive Pricing and Free Estimates:

We offer competitive pricing on all our services and provide free estimates so you can plan your project confidently.

Contact us today for a free estimate and breathe new life into your floors!

888-670-WOOD (9663)