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In the world marketplace, we are surrounded by information criminals. Strong words to be sure, but the simple fact is that we are all searching for information that will help guide us to the right decision, but not all truths are whole truths.
Let me clarify with this example. Joe & his wife June want to buy new floors for their home. They’ve talked about all the alternatives; hardwood, carpet, linoleum, & tile. They’ve done some price comparison work, and one of the options that interested them was bamboo wood.
The flooring sales rep tells them that bamboo is a smart choice because it has many positive features over other floor options. Bamboo has a tensile strength higher than steel, and it is the most renewable resource in wood manufacturing because a forest of bamboo can be harvested in 3-5 years vs. 20 years for other common wood floor products, making bamboo a very sound eco choice.
Is the sales rep lying to Joe & June? No. But what he is doing is touching only on the positives without really telling the whole story about bamboo wood floor products.
First, telling them about bamboo’s inherent tensile strength leads them to believe the floor is indestructible, but the real truth is that it will scar, scratch and dent just like any other wood product, because it is a wood product. All the tensile strength thing means is that you can’t bend or break it any easier than you could steel, and it’s virtually impervious to termites.
Second, some manufacturers of bamboo use toxic chemical laced glues to bind the bamboo strips into the formed floor boards, so not all bamboo floor products on the market are created equal.
Third, the environmental cost of shipping bamboo from China outweighs the small eco footprint it leaves by harvesting and growing a bamboo forest in record time, not to mention that bamboo’s popularity has now created a problem where some environmentally sensitive areas are being cleared to grow bamboo forests.
Joe & June would not have known the flip side of the bamboo story had they not spent the time to research it. They would have taken the sales rep’s word, bought the bamboo floors and felt a bit of pride knowing they were doing something eco friendly.
Is it the sales reps’ fault for providing misleading information? Chances are the answer is no. This is what he was told about bamboo, and it is what he tells potential customers. The sales rep has now sold a higher priced product to the customer and on the surface everyone is happy.
At the end of the day there are two sides to every story and ultimately it is up to you to discover the other side before coming to a decision. Is bamboo a bad choice for flooring? No. Not all bamboo floors are created equal, so be sure to ask the right questions to help you buy the best one for your home.
How does this story connect with HomeStars.com? Our business is to also help prevent this kind of misinformation from happening to you. Articles like this one guide you to understanding the value of asking the right questions. Check out these bamboo floor reivews found on Homestars.com: