Bamboo flooring is simple to maintain and install, has a modern and natural aesthetic that can increase a home's real estate value.
Fremont, CA: The cost of bamboo flooring is comparable to other popular floor types. However, bamboo stalks, unlike trees, can have a five to six harvest cycle, making them far more sustainable. Bamboo flooring has many advantages and disadvantages to hardwood flooring, with a few more in its favor.
Key Benefits of Bamboo Flooring
Traditional hardwood is made from oak, rock maple, and hickory trees, which can take up to 20 years to mature before being harvested. On the other hand, bamboo is classified as grass because it grows and develops in a five to seven-year cycle and can be harvested without replanting the root system.
· Simple to Maintain
Bamboo floors are relatively simple to keep clean. Sweeping and vacuuming regularly should be sufficient to remove dust and debris. It can be cleaned regularly with a bamboo floor cleaner or a mild soap and water solution to keep it looking clean.
· Possibility of Refinishing
Bamboo can become scratched and discolored over time. Fortunately, refinishing the surface is as simple as sanding it down and applying a new coating seal.
Bamboo flooring is ideal for high-traffic areas such as living rooms, kitchens, and entryways. It's naturally resistant to abrasion from footwork and the impact of falling objects.
Drawbacks of Bamboo Flooring
· Prone to Scratches
While bamboo is extremely durable, its surface is easily scratched like most wood floors. Carbonized bamboo flooring, which has a darker tone, is noticeably more prone to scratching. Placing felt pads on furniture and refinishing the bamboo floor regularly can help to extend the life of the flooring and reduce the visibility of scratches.
· Styles are Limited
Despite its popularity as a flooring material, bamboo has a number of design limitations. Aesthetically, bamboo flooring can be adapted to various styles, but it is best suited to contemporary and Scandinavian design styles. In addition, most bamboo floorings have only vertical and horizontal grains and come in a limited number of finishes and tones that may not suit all interior decor settings.
· Sensitive to Moisture
Because bamboo is grass, it is more sensitive to humidity than hardwood flooring. Therefore, the moisture in the room is likely to cause the floor planks to swell and buckle if the flooring is used in a very humid climate or rooms with drastic climate changes.
· Toxic Potential
Low-quality bamboo may contain urea-formaldehyde traces. Toxin levels will vary depending on the resin adhesive used and how the bamboo planks are manufactured. Cheaper products may have higher levels, whereas more expensive options may use different resin materials.