Bamboo floors are a type of flooring manufactured from a bamboo plant. Bamboo is a natural surface covering material, comprising many of the properties of a hardwood floor, even though it is actually believed to be a type of a grass. Bamboo flooring thus come to share many of the benefits of hardwood flooring as well as its vulnerabilities and drawbacks.
Pros of Bamboo Flooring
Sustainability – Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly flooring surfaces available. It also happens to be a rapidly growing renewable resource. According to major environmental organizations, one hectare of bamboo removes far more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while producing 35% more oxygen in a year, than a forest of hardwood trees of the same size. The plant requires fewer pesticides, herbicides and very little irrigation.
Healthy Living – Hypo-allergenic and anti-static properties make bamboo flooring perfect for a hygiene-conscious family. Its texture prevents you from slipping. It is resistant to insects and makes your home a healthier, safer and happier place.
Affordability – Do you think hardwood floors are not within your budget? Bamboo flooring is a happy compromise as it resembles and is durable like timber but available at very budget –friendly prices.
Durability – On a hardness scale for wood, bamboo comes right in the middle with ratings of 1380 and 1180 respectively. Simply put, they are almost similar to oak and ash in strength. So, if you want flooring that is stronger and more robust, strand-woven bamboo floors are the best option for you. The strand woven variety comes at a rating of 3000 towards the top of the scale. This means it is only a little softer than a Brazilian walnut.
Pre-finished – The two types of bamboo flooring solid and engineered come pre-finished. In other words the homeowner can just walk on the surface while moving the furniture back when installation is completed.
Stability – Owing to its construction, bamboo flooring comes to form a more stable flooring option than traditional timber flooring. Bamboo floors do not shrink, swell or warp in comparison to hardwood when exposed to moisture, heat or humidity. The floor is also resistant to staining.
Cons to Bamboo Flooring
Environmental Considerations – Though bamboo is a popular green building and flooring method, yet there comes concerns of the effects of manufacturing and transporting that bamboo has on the environment. One of the main causes of worry is that bamboo is now making way at the cost of greenery. Another issue is that this requires enormous amounts of energy to ship bamboo, from one part of the floor to another. This gives you peace of mind, having known that bamboo can be both harvested and manufactured responsibly with very little impact on the environment.
VOC Emissions – Bamboo flooring is mostly made out of urea-formaldehyde adhesives that contain high amounts of VOCs or volatile organic compounds. These are toxic gases, harmful to your health and the environment. Topcoats which are high in VOCs are also often applied to bamboo floor planks.
Carbonization Weakness – While carbonization can transform light colored bamboo into a further darker shade, it weakens the material, resulting in good looking floor boards but is not that structurally stable as bamboo flooring, which has been stained or boasts a natural finish.
Difficult to Refinish – Because of their construction style, solid bamboo floors can be difficult to refinish. This can be really frustrating if you desire a new look or the existing floors have seen better days.
So, if you are planning to install bamboo floors in your homes, take a thorough look at all the points mentioned above. While these are the most important considerations for the flooring in your homes, they are also meant to render a higher level of beautification to your home.