Have you read our post about barn wood flooring or oak wood flooring? From there you might become so obsessed with wood for you home flooring. But in some cases, there is one type of flooring which also become favorite recently. It is bamboo flooring.
Bamboo flooring is a natural surface covering material that’s produced from bamboo for floors. Bamboo flooring have become more popular due to their many similarities to hardwood flooring. It has a chic, exotic look but comes in inexpensive cost, which makes it a highly appealing flooring option for many people.
However, just as hardwood has its vulnerabilities and drawbacks, so does bamboo. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of bamboo flooring you might haven’t know. Hope this would be helpful for you!
1. Water Resistance
The natural material in bamboo makes it slightly resistant to water damage compared to hardwood. However, it may cause a concern over time.
Bamboo flooring that is of high quality will wear as well and last about as long as traditional hardwood floors. (Of course, as is the case in every industry, the “high quality” characteristic is key.) In particular, un-carbonized bamboo can as strong, hard, and durable as red oak, and certain strand-woven bamboo can be even harder.
3. Easy Maintenance
Bamboo is relatively easy to maintain. You just have to sweep or vacuum it regularly to remove small particle debris. You can also occasional damp mop it, or clean it with a non-wax, non-alkaline, hardwood or bamboo floor cleanser.
Due to the fact that bamboo is made out of natural vegetation, it is an eco-friendly type of material. Likewise, bamboo is known to be a highly renewable source which can be grown into maturity in as quick as 3-5 years only. Unlike hardwood, which can be harvested at least on a twenty year interval, bamboo can grow obviously faster.
5. Stylish Flooring
For those drawn to a clean, modern aesthetic, bamboo flooring lends itself to that style perfectly. The trendy flooring option is elegant and, although similar to hardwood, unique. The differences can be subtle yet undeniable.
Because bamboo floors can become discolored, dented, or scratched over time, it’s comforting to know that they can be refinished as needed. Typically, bamboo flooring installation involves many layers of finishing coats to protect the bamboo itself. But, if necessary, sanding down the surface and then reapplying finishing coats will achieve the look of new bamboo flooring.
7. The Price
This material is priced at about the same level as most hardwood floors. You will often find bamboo ranging from about two dollars to eight dollars per square foot. You should avoid bargain basement materials as they are often lower quality castoffs.
1. Easily Scratched
While a bamboo floor is relatively easy to maintain it is nearly impossible to keep it perfect if it is used regularly. There are a wide variety of things that can cause nasty scratches on the surface of a bamboo floor. High heels, pet claws, and furniture legs can all damage the surface. Small grit and tiny particles of sand or dirt will also cause scratches in the bamboo over time.
2. Water Damage Potency
Bamboo is somewhat more resistant to water damage than typical hardwood floors. But because bamboo is still a natural, organic material, too much moisture will cause warping, discoloration, or even mold growth.
3. Respond to Humidity
If the floor is installed in a very humid area, the moisture in the air can cause the floor planks to plump. In a dry environment, the planks can shrink. In both cases, cracks in the bamboo will be the result.
4. Softness Potency
If bamboo isn’t allowed to mature and harden before being harvested (in some cases, as early as 3 months!), the flooring will look great at first but will be soft and non-durable. Typically, un-carbonized and strand-woven bamboo flooring is harder and more durable, while darker bamboo represents a weakened structure and general softness.
5. Possibility of Toxin Emission
Certain bamboo flooring from China potentially contains high levels of toxic chemicals, such as formaldehyde-based glues and finishes. As the bamboo must be sliced or shredded initially, it must then be adhered back together to form the planks that make up flooring.Sometimes, the adhesive used can release VOCs into the air over time, which makes the bamboo unhealthy for you and the environment.
6. Grading System
There is no independent system that is used to rate the quality of bamboo materials. Retailers will often sort lots into grade A and grade B materials, but that is an arbitrary system and does not reflect any independent gauge as to the quality of the planks you are purchasing. This makes it imperative to find a quality, reputable flooring dealer to ensure that you are getting top-quality material.
What do you think after you know about the pros and cons of bamboo flooring? Let share to let all of us know you ideas and opinion through the comment. Hope this post helpful and you enjoyed it.