by Christina Walker
Bamboo flooring is a great option for nearly every room. It's a gorgeous and comparable alternative to expensive hardwood floors. The distinctive grain and patterns of bamboo lends itself to many decor styles and brings texture and beauty to your floors. If you've ever considered bamboo for your home, keep reading to learn about this material's advantages as a flooring option.
Bamboo floors are comparable to hardwood floors in their durability and hardness. Mature bamboo is actually harder than maple and red oak, two standards on the accepted hardness scale. Bamboo wood flooring can last for more than 25 years with regular care. Even better, bamboo is a very resilient material; because it is a tropical grass, not a wood, it resists moisture and denting, which translates to floors with fewer stains and less gapping, cupping, and warping.
It is one of today's most environmentally friendly flooring materials. Bamboo hardwood floors have extremely low emissions of formaldehyde and other chemicals used to make flooring, making your home safer and more natural. Bamboo is also a highly renewable crop, growing to usability in three years and maturity in five, even the species of bamboo that grow over 100 feet tall. Compared to hardwoods that take 15 to 30 years or longer to grow to maturity, bamboo wood floors are the ideal flooring solution for eco-friendly homeowners.
Bamboo flooring is very easy to install. While the price of the flooring is comparable to other hardwood floors, you'll save on installation costs because bamboo wood flooring requires no finish work or specialized installation. Most are finished and ready to install when you buy them, so installation requires no finishing, sanding, staining, drying time, or other considerations that hardwood floors often require.
Bamboo hardwood floors are as easy to maintain as cheap laminate flooring. Regular sweeping and mopping will keep it clean; however, you may wish to polish it with a wood floor polish every once in a while. Bamboo also does not promote dust or harbor dust mites. These qualities make it a perfect option for allergy sufferers.
Bamboo is one of the more versatile flooring options available. If you want the warm look of cherry or hickory wood but love the advantages of bamboo, you're in luck: Bamboo can be carbonized, which changes its color without staining or applying chemicals. Carbonization uses pressure heating to heat the sugar in the wood, resulting in darker shades. You can also find bamboo flooring in light and natural colors to fit your style and taste. Because bamboo resists moisture, it is one of the few hardwood flooring options that you can feel good about using in kitchens and bathrooms; although, some manufacturers will not provide a warranty for the material if you install it in those rooms.