8 Things to Know About Bamboo Flooring
While bamboo isn't exactly a type of hardwood, it IS a hard surface flooring option that can provide a unique look. Bamboo offers many stylish options in terms of colour, and the planks are recognizable by their knotty look. They're beautiful, natural, durable, and eco-friendly. . . what's not to love!? But here's what you should know.
#1. Just like hardwood, there are many different varietals of bamboo that can be made into flooring. Each has their own natural color, unique graining and density; moso bamboo is the hardest variety, and therefore the most resilient option for flooring.
#2. The majority of today's bamboo flooring products originate from China and other portions of Asia. It is a highly renewable source of material, as the root of the plant is left intact when harvested. Technically a grass, bamboo grows much faster than wood, and this makes it a favourite for the environmentally conscious home owner.
#3. Bamboo is harvested and manufactured in a similar manner to many other hardwoods. It is cut, stripped, planed, and treated with a heat press. Adhesive is applied to add stability to the planks, and a clear top layer is added for resiliency and durability.
#4. Natural bamboo is very light, and can therefore be stained almost any color or shade during the manufacturing process. From a light blonde to a dark espresso colour, the style options that bamboo offers makes it a great choice for any colour scheme.
#5. Most bamboo flooring is relatively easy to install, with interlocking joints that are similar to click-in-place laminate. Love to DIY? Bamboo flooring might be a great option for you!
#6. Similar to hardwood floors, bamboo should be treated very carefully. Simply dry mop to clean, and use a damp cloth when necessary to spot clean or wipe down. Using a wet mop should be avoided, as the moisture could potentially damage your bamboo over time.
#7. Bamboo is susceptible to humidity. If your home's humidity levels are too high, bamboo flooring can expand and buckle. If your home is too dry, the bamboo can shrink and this will cause gaps in between the planks.
(This applies to hardwood as well. The best practice is to let your flooring acclimatize for a few days in your home before installation.)
#8. The stylish versatility of bamboo makes this type of flooring a great investment for your home. It's modern look is the perfect addition to any interior design, even a feature wall!
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