4 Things You Might Not Know About Bamboo Flooring
If you are looking for a flooring material that will add a clean, contemporary look to a space, look no further than bamboo flooring. Find beautiful colors and grain patterns at The Carpet Center.
If being kind to the environment is important to you, or your customers, sustainable materials are a MUST during a build or renovation project. Bamboo flooring offers the beauty of hardwood flooring from a much more sustainable resource. Our staff helps home and business owners find beautiful, sustainable flooring materials that are right for your floor.
1. There are three kinds of bamboo flooring.
Bamboo flooring can be
- Horizontal, or
- Strand woven.
Each kind of flooring has a different way of combining the strands of bamboo grass together. The horizontal and vertical boards offer different kinds of designs. A vertical bamboo floor has a uniform, striped look. A horizontal bamboo floor can be recognized by the knots or “knuckles” in the grain.
Strand woven stands out from the three as the strongest and most expensive kind of bamboo flooring.
2. Bamboo flooring is not waterproof and won’t stand up well against humidity.
This type of flooring is seen as an alternative to hardwood flooring. This causes some homeowners to get the wrong idea about bamboo flooring. It is unique because it is made from sustainable materials compared to hardwood flooring. It still needs to be protected from water damage and must be kept safe from humidity, just like hardwood flooring.
3. Bamboo flooring brings a modern look to the room it is installed in.
Bamboo flooring has been around for two decades. It’s color and stripe grain gives floors a modern interior design element. Being kind to the environment is also rising in popularity as homeowners learn more about how easy it is to choose sustainable building materials. This makes bamboo flooring a top choice for many of our customers.
4. Bamboo is forested overseas, mostly in China.
A large concern for customers is if the bamboo is harvested safely. Since Moso bamboo—the most common type of bamboo grass used—grows overseas, the plantations don’t have the same forestry practices or safety procedures for their workers. Many bamboo flooring companies look to get certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) so their customers can rest assured they only get their bamboo from responsibly managed plantations.