Bamboo flooring may not be that a popular choice compared to other kinds of hardwood flooring. But it does have benefits that may not have been known by many. It has an exotic, natural appeal with many other beautiful qualities that can lead to creating different kinds of environments. There are vulnerabilities, too, just like any other types of flooring. And just like any other types of flooring, understanding its benefits and drawbacks is crucial to ensuring that this certain flooring works well with your lifestyle.
Bamboo is kinda peculiar because it is considered a kind of wood flooring but it is actually not a wood. In a nutshell, it is a kind of natural surface covering material made from bamboo, which is a type of grass.
If you are in search of the right flooring for your interiors, then read this Bamboo Flooring guide. Maybe, you can add this to your options.
Bamboos are known to be strong enough to bend. Some types of bamboos are extremely durable. Bamboos that are natural, not carbonized, were harvested properly and manufactured can be as strong and hard as red oak. Some strand-woven bamboos can even be much harder. And compared to traditional hardwood flooring, bamboo is a little bit more resistant to water damage.
But then, bamboo is still an organic and natural material. Too much wetness can cause deformation, discoloration or even moldiness. If installed in the humid area, the planks will tend to plump up, but if glued in to dry areas, it can shrink. Both can cause bamboos to crack.
Bamboo flooring is quite low maintenance which is very advantageous for busy homeowners. It’s very easy to clean using sweep, vacuum or mop.
However, even if it is somewhat easy to maintain, it is quite hard to keep it look perfect and free from scratches. When used regularly, a lot of things can damage its surface – pet claws, pointed heels, metallic objects and furniture legs. Even tiny particles of dirt can cause scrapes as time goes by.
Bamboo flooring can raise the bar when it comes to the elegance of a space. It looks almost the same as hardwood, but you can see its difference. Bamboos can make rooms look unique and visually appealing.
On the other hand, bamboo tends to be less versatile. It may look chic in contemporary homes but could be less appealing if you choose this flooring for a vintage interior. It also has limited tones and shades so you may have limited styling options.
Bamboo flooring is less expensive. Some of these costs as low as $2-$5 up to $8 per square foot. Be careful of the inexpensive ones as these are usually of low quality.
Can Be Refinished
While we know that bamboo floors can be worn out, discolored and scratched over time, the surface of the material can be refinished.
But it would still depend on the thickness of the planks. So, you need to consider the thickness of each piece you want to install in your room.