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The fastest growing plant on earth, timber bamboo normally reaches maturity within 5-7 years, growing to heights of 50 or more feet. Because bamboo is a grass, not a tree, it can be harvested many times over from the same stalk without replanting. The mature plant has a complex root system that continues to grow new shoots for decades.

What’s more, bamboo can be grown in soil previously damaged by poor farming techniques and overgrazing. When properly harvested, the bamboo root is left intact, so the topsoil remains undisturbed. The bamboo litter is left as well to add nutrients to the forest floor, eventually restoring healthy agriculture space.

The timber bamboo used for flooring normally comes from managed forests in China. It is grown using little to no pesticide and is harvested by hand, reducing environmental damage.

Bamboo has a very high tensile strength (comparable to steel) and can be used in such applications as solid bamboo flooring, engineered bamboo flooring, woven bamboo flooring, distressed (hand scraped) bamboo flooring, and even for use over radiant floor heat. Bamboo is typically 20% more stable than hardwood flooring.


Cork comes from the bark of a tree bearing the same name, the cork oak. In nature, the bark is a protective shell to wildfire and drastic climate change. The cork bark is harvested every 9-14 years. The tree itself is never cut down and the habitat is not disturbed.

Cork floor has been utilized in Europe and the United States for over a century. It is reasonably priced and highly durable, resistant to wear, friction and impact.

Cork is hypoallergenic and does not absorb dust. With a waxy finish to its surface, cork flooring is impervious to liquid and gasses. Cork has a natural microbial and will not entrap fungus or germs, helping to create a healthier indoor environment for your family.

It is warm to the touch and reduces sound. Cork has fantastic insulating properties, acoustical as well as thermal. It will maintain a comfortable flooring temperature year-round and reduces noise levels, even limiting sound travel from room to room.

Radiant Heating

Tired of walking around in slippers and socks all winter? With radiant heating, you can again walk barefoot across your hard floors in the dead of winter. The unique under floor heating system is environmentally friendly, because it’s clean and energy efficient. It’s luxury you never thought was possible. Talk to one of our associates about radiant heating today.


The right underlayment can enhance the long-term wear and performance of many types of floors. Some companies even give substantial extensions to warranty coverage when the recommended underlayment is used.

Ask our sales staff about the different types and grades of underlayment—we’ll be glad to advise you so you’ll be sure to have the best performance and most satisfaction from your new floor.
Chesapeake Family Flooring Llc
7306 Church Hill Rd
Chestertown, MD 21620-2806
Phone: 410-778-3181