The bamboo plant is grass, not merely a tree, that is usually used for bamboo flooring and is similar to most wood flooring. Bamboo is as hard as maximum hardwoods which are highly resistant to moisturized places or fittings. Above all bamboo flooring is naturally an alluring material that adds real estate value to a home. Nevertheless, bamboo flooring is susceptible to cracking in conditions where humidity levels swing dramatically and can be easily scratched like any other type of wood.

PROS

It can be easily be maintained. It can be refinished like other types of hardwood. Bamboo flooring adds real estate value to a home. It is a renewable material.

CONS

 Bamboo flooring is easily scratched on the surface. Climate changes especially humidity swings can cause cracks. Toxins are present in adhesives.

Engineered bamboo flooring

 This is produced by bonding a thin layer of bamboo onto plywood. It is the cheapest and none reliable type of bamboo flooring and cannot be resurfaced. This flooring may be similar to engineered hardwood flooring and is installed in the same way. Because this form of bamboo flooring can not be resurfaced, unless it has a dent, most engineered bamboo flooring has a natural blonde or amber color that resembles maple or birch but darker tones may be available after undergoing a process called carbonizing. While the color can be fascinating, carbonized bamboo has more risks of being scratched due to its softness hence making this type of flooring not durable.

Stranded bamboo flooring

This is manufactured by slicing the stalks of bamboo into smaller strands. It is cut into plank as building materials after it has been flattened into sheets using resin binders and heat. This is an excellent form of flooring and has amazing different tones. And as well as is available both as tongue and groove planks that can be pinned down as well as shafts or planks that float above the underlayment.

Horizontal bamboo flooring

This is produced by cutting the strands into thin strips which are then glued together to form shafts or planks. This flooring has a crumb since long stalk threads or fibers are visible in the flooring. It is not as hard or durable but can have a very stunning impression.

Maintenance and Repair

Bamboo is moderately easy to maintain, one might just need to vacuum clean, or sweep to remove the dirt. It is a little resistant to water damage compared to hard floor damage. Therefore, occasionally it can be cleaned by using a non-alkaline, wax-free hardwood or bamboo floor cleanser or even a damp mop. But this does not mean it is a waterproof or scratch-proof material, even though it is a little harder than lots of hardwood which gives it better resistance to scratches and dents. Luckily, the surface of bamboo can usually be refinished by sanding it and then reapplying sealing coats. However, engineered bamboo can not be refinished or resurfaced. Nevertheless, the preferred of installing and maintaining bamboo flooring is not supposed to be very humid or exposed to too much direct sunlight or a dry environment because this may predispose the planks to either shrinking, cracking, or swelling and clamping.

DESIGN

Bamboo is a flooring material that can elevate the elegance of a space almost instantly. It is different and well defined but may look and feel like a hardwood floor. It is as well a good material for consumers that like outstanding styled homes but is preferably used in contemporary settings.

BAMBOO FLOORING INSTALLATION

Bamboo flooring comes in various species of products: Solid bamboo shafts are inducted by sticking them down over an existing concrete floor or by blind-nailing the tongue and grooved boards to the subfloor through the edge of the boards. This type of installation is done by experts. And thinner forms of solid bamboo may be available for floating installation. Floating bamboo floors is when the edges of the boards are under lock mechanically, hence the other name "click-lock". This is done by either the whole floor resting above a thin layer of foam underlayment, with no permanent attachment to the subfloor or the shafts may have a modified tongue and groove design, in which the edges are glued together. This method is mostly used and easier for DIYers and also has the advantage of allowing the floor to expand and contract as humidity levels change. Engineered bamboo is manufactured with a surface covering bonded to plywood, and is installed in the same way as the floating bamboo floor(click-lock method). It is cheaper than solid bamboo and is usually installed by DIYers.Installation can be done by sealing it with a certain product called Urethane, only if bamboo flooring products were not prefinished at the factory.

ECO-FRIENDLINESS - PROTECT OUR PLANET

Environmentally, knowledgeable consumers are often drawn to bamboo as an entirely renewable source. Unlike the hardwood lumber industry, where trees can take decades to mature bamboo stalks grow fast and relatively continue to grow and replenish even after harvesting practices. But manufacturing process creates other environmental concerns. During manufacturing an adhesive or sticky substance is added called Urea-Formaldehyde that can outgas into the air. The level of adhesive used and the number of toxins spewed will vary depending on how the bamboo boards or planks are been manufactured. The percentage of this adhesive used in bamboo flooring is similar to that found in engineering hardwood flooring and may be sensitive to certain individuals. Though if this concerns you, it is recommended to search for products labeled as Formaldehyde-free, as well as cheaper bamboo products may contain a high percentage of Formaldehyde compared to expensive products.

BAMBOO FLOORING COST

The pricing of this product may be at the same level as hardwood flooring. Frequently retailers sort their materials according to grades, thereby differentiating the quality. Bamboo flooring can be found ranging between $2 to $8 per square foot and not more than $10 per square foot, which may include materials and labor.

EXPERT COMPARISON: BAMBOO VS HARDWOOD FLOORING

Choosing between bamboo and hardwood flooring is hard because of the similar costs and traits. The major similarities between these two are that; both need protection against water, they are very prone to scratching, and extremely good at adding real estate value to your home. Bamboo regrows even after harvesting practices making it an endurable resource, unlike hardwood flooring. Hardwood has a unique grain pattern for each plank or board while bamboo flooring is uniform in both texture and grain. Lastly, bamboo is lighter in color even though it can be found in dark versions after being processed(carbonized) than most hardwoods.

THE COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Bamboo floors are not allergenic, although certain individuals may react to the little amounts of Formaldehyde and any other chemicals present in the resins or material. If you are allergic to any of these products certain bamboo flooring products omit these chemicals so you can search for products labeled Formaldehyde-free.But in most ways, bamboo flooring is the same as hardwood flooring.

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