If you are looking for a floor in your home with pleasingly exotic appearance, bamboo flooring is the right choice for you. Bamboo flooring is hard, stable, and reliable flooring material. Bamboo has organic resistance to water because bamboo grows in tropical regions. However, like most flooring materials, bamboo too expands and contracts with changes in its moisture content and it can also stain. Bamboo can be a good choice for bathroom and kitchen with an extra coat of polyurethane or wax post installation for a permanently flush and stain-free surface.
Bamboo is basically a type of grass that renews every few years. Therefore, it is considered an environmentally friendly green product.
Bamboo Flooring Benefits
Bamboo flooring has several unique qualities that set it apart from other flooring options and materials. Foremost quality of bamboo flooring material is that it has exceptional pliability that allows it to sustain blunt impacts without denting or bending. This good quality and benefit of bamboo flooring makes it surpass most hardwood materials.
In addition to its superior elasticity, bamboo is also surprisingly hard. It has a Janka hardness rating of about 1800, which is considerably harder than that of white oak with hardness rating1360 and hard maple with hardness rating 1450.
Bamboo Flooring Information: Types and Options
Bamboo flooring is now widely available but not all bamboo is created equal for flooring. There are low-cost bamboos which are not suitable for flooring. This is because they are generally made from stalks that are not mature enough for flooring. They don’t have the needed density for an acceptable and sustainable floor and can easily mar and dent.
As with most regular wood floors, bamboo flooring is also available in solid and engineered tongue-and-groove strips and planks. Bamboo options are available for both plywood and concrete subfloors. Thinness of the bamboo stalks doesn’t make it good enough for flooring. However, solid-bamboo flooring is a good option. Solid-bamboo flooring is composed of bamboo strips laminated together.
Engineered-bamboo flooring is another good and sustainable flooring option. It has a veneer of bamboo over layers of plywood. “Click-together” varieties and also available that are assembled simply by snapping flooring pieces together. However, engineered-bamboo flooring often do not bear a professional look after installation.
Bamboo is normally available in natural light. However, it can also be darkened by carbonization process done under steam and pressure. However, carbonization may soften the bamboo resulting in a less resilient flooring product. Some manufacturers also offer a range of stained bamboo flooring, and hand-scraped options.
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