Some Pros And Cons To Beautiful Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring has enjoyed a resurgence with the consumer lately because it’s beauty combined with its low carbon footprint. The difference being, a hardwood tree may take up to 100 years to grow before it can be harvested, however, bamboo can be grown and harvested in just four years, making it much more eco-friendly than other kinds of hardwood flooring. There are several other advantages and a few disadvantages, to this type of flooring, let’s take a look at some of those now.
Bamboo Offers Excellent Hardness And Longevity.
Bamboo is naturally quite hard and can be harder than some hardwoods that are now in use today, but harder than any pine or Douglas fir floors, which are considered softwoods. This makes it an excellent consideration in areas where people could be walking with high-heeled shoes or other high wear areas as well. Bamboo is also naturally resistant to moisture and can be used in areas that might be subject to spills such as kitchens and bathrooms. It resists swelling, molds and mildews, plus other types of moisture caused problems.
It Grows Fast And Is Easily Recycled.
As mentioned previously, it can take as little as four years to completely grow bamboo prior to harvest. This makes it an incredible cash crop for people living in the tropics, to be able to profit in just a few years. The problem with hardwoods, especially in the tropics, is that from the time the seeds are planted until harvest is several generations of waiting. This long waiting period leads to illegally harvesting already grown hardwoods from the national forests and public areas, in nearly all of the tropical countries on earth. This gives bamboo a considerable advantage in that not only does it grow wild, but is easily cultivated and can be grown abundantly.
Bamboo Flooring Is Low Maintenance And Easy To Clean.
The word is spreading about how easy bamboo floors are to keep clean. A quick daily sweep and a once a week mopping are all that it takes to keep your bamboo floor looking shiny and new. Many kinds of stains and spills have a hard time sticking to the bamboo surface, and because of its natural moisture resistance, it can be mopped weekly without a problem.
There Are Two Kinds Of Bamboo Floors And You Should Know The Difference.
Bamboo comes in two different types of flooring; one is solid wood, and the other is engineered. The engineered flooring is similar to the hardwood engineered flooring, in that is made up of multiple layers, laid in different directions for strength, and has a bamboo veneer surface. Because of it’s engineering, you can have a longer wearing surface with fewer problems with denting by high-heeled shoes. The solid type of flooring is 100% bamboo where the original wood is sliced and trimmed, then hard pressed to make the flooring boards.
The Engineered And Glued Flooring Contains Formaldehyde.
If you’re one of the few people who has an allergy to formaldehyde containing products, then you’ll want to avoid the laminated, glued, and engineered bamboo, because they will normally have formaldehyde fumes that emanate for a time after installation. These fumes do dissipate and lesson as time goes on, and are not excessive in any way.
Bamboo is been in use for thousands of years throughout Asia and the rest the tropics as well. It’s beautiful to look at, durable and strong to use, and with modern manufacturing techniques can now make a beautiful floor as well. Examples can be viewed online; however, a visit to your local home improvement store to see for yourself is well worth the trip.