4 Benefits of Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring seems like miracle flooring to eco-conscious homeowners. But is it everything it claims to be? The team at The Carpet Center asked some questions, did some research, and got some answers.
Here is everything you need to know about the four most popular benefits of bamboo flooring.
Find a quality selection of bamboo flooring at The Carpet Center in Conway. If you are considering bamboo flooring for your home, stop by and talk with us about it. Our team is here to answer your questions.
1. The manufacturing of bamboo flooring is eco-friendly.
Bamboo flooring is made from a natural material. The bamboo used to make it grows nearly 10 times faster than hardwoods like red oak. It is a grass that only takes 3-5 years to grow.
This makes the material used to manufacture bamboo flooring highly renewable. It’s perfect for an eco-conscious homeowner.
Is it eco-friendly? — The process used to make bamboo flooring involves adhesive chemicals that might not be safe for your home. Experts are concerned that bamboo flooring has the potential to emit volatile organic chemicals (VOC) in your home once installed. The risk depends on how well the flooring was made.
Another concern many have about the eco-friendliness of bamboo flooring is the growing process. Moso bamboo grows naturally in China. Some overseas plantations don’t have proper regulations to protect workers.
Before you choose your bamboo flooring, check if it has a Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
2. Maintenance and upkeep is easy.
Maintaining your bamboo flooring will be as easy as maintaining hardwood flooring. Sweep the floor or use a vacuum regularly to get rid of any dirt that could leave scratches. If you notice the shine start to fade you can clean the floor with a damp mop and special cleaner. The cleaner needs to be non-wax, non-alkaline, or specific to hardwood and bamboo flooring.
Is bamboo flooring water resistant?
While it is generally more water resistant than hardwood flooring, bamboo flooring is susceptible to water damage in the same ways. Excessive moisture or humidity will cause it to become disfigured.
Watch out for scratches.
Just like hardwood flooring, bamboo flooring will develop character in high-traffic areas. High heels, pet claws, and old furniture will scratch your floor. Even everyday dirt tracked in by shoes can scratch your bamboo flooring over time. Sweep regularly.
Thankfully, bamboo flooring is easy to refinish. There are plenty of do-it-yourself options when you are ready to refinish your bamboo flooring. You can refinish the flooring as many times as its thickness will allow.
3. Bamboo flooring is durable.
Even though it is made from grass, it rivals hardwood flooring in durability and long-lasting qualities. The process to make bamboo flooring involves slicing and shredding strands of bamboo grass and pressing them back together with heat and special glues.
The most durable kind of bamboo flooring is strand woven bamboo. This method mixes up and interlocks unique strands to make a hard surface 2.5x harder than red oak flooring. Strand woven bamboo is the most expensive kind of bamboo flooring there is, but the quality is worth the price.
Bamboo flooring, with proper care, is designed to last up to 25 years.
4. Bamboo flooring is perfect for homeowners looking for an elegant and/or unique finish to add to their home.
Is bamboo flooring what you are looking for in your home? Once installed, it will bring extra elegance to any room with it’s clean, modern look.
Much of the appeal of bamboo flooring is in its uniqueness. Bamboo flooring has only been used in homes for about 25 years. Now that the manufacturing process has improved it is getting more and more popular.
Bamboo flooring doesn’t offer much variety. There are different looks bamboo flooring offers based on how the strands of grass are pressed together. Vertical bamboo has a striped look, horizontal bamboo lets the knuckles—a classic trait of bamboo flooring—show, woven bamboo is more durable and offers a mixed look.
You can also choose from different shades of color. Darker colored bamboo flooring is not as durable as lighter ones. If you are choosing flooring for a high-trafficked area, we recommend a lighter color.