Bamboo flooring vs hardwood flooring

Have you considered Bamboo flooring? Did you know bamboo flooring is 73% harder than Jarrah flooring? You may be concerned about your carbon footprint and looking for eco-friendly flooring for your home or business. Bamboo is eco-friendly, available in many colours and compliments any decor. It is as beautiful as hardwood floors and often cheaper.

Bamboo Flooring Increasing in Popularity

Bamboo flooring is booming in popularity in the US. Bamboo is a fast growing grass that is strong and flexible. It will bend without snapping. It does not develop knots or rays as it grows, so can withstand more stress than traditional hardwood flooring. Termites cannot digest bamboo. You can install bamboo flooring on top of concrete, vinyl, plywood, other wood floors and over radiant floor heating.

Why is Bamboo Flooring the Eco-friendly Choice

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Trees are a renewable resource but take 20 or more years to reach maturity. Harvesting a tree allows more soil to erode where the tree once stood. Harvesting a tree reduces the production of oxygen, and more carbon dioxide is left in the air.

Forests cover 31 percent of the planet and are a source of lumber and paper goods. Eighty percent of the world’s species call forests home. Worldwide demand for forest products has grown and forestland is dwindling.

Bamboo can grow over four feet high in a day and grow to maturity in half a year. The extensive root system is left intact when the plant is harvested, and the roots prevent soil erosion. Replanting is unnecessary. Bamboo is re-harvested every three to seven years. Continuous harvesting helps bamboo to be healthy and thrive. Forests are preserved and the supply is reliable.

Benefits of bamboo flooring

  1. Think and tough – It is 73% harder than jarrah, which means it is ideal for families with children, high heels (not highly recommended) and in kitchens.
  2. Colour consistency – With controlled process of caramalisation, bamboo provides a consistent colour throughout your home, not like other woods. Visit your providers showroom prior to installation and the finish should be the same.
  3. Less maintenance – Bamboo requires less maintenance compared to traditional hardwood flooring.
    Tip: Place rugs at entrance ways to prevent grit, sand and moisture from tracking onto your floor.
  4. Easy to clean – Bamboo floors do not promote dust, which is ideal if you have allergies. Regular sweeping or vacuuming is about all you need to do. You can use a damp mop occasionally, or use a bamboo floor cleanser on a sticky spot.
    Note: With proper maintenance, solid three-quarters-inch bamboo floors can last for over 100 years.
  5. Value for money – The cost of bamboo flooring is 25 to 50 percent less than some other hardwood flooring. The installation cost is about the same as a hardwood floor. Professional bamboo flooring installers do not require any special training.
  6. Quick Installation – It is important to get your floor installed quickly so you can be back in your home on the same day. Bamboo flooring is usually supplied polished and ready for quick installation.
  7. Any place any time – Bamboo is not affected by temperature changes to the extent of hardwood flooring. Bamboo does not shrink or expand as much.

Disadvantages of bamboo flooring

One consideration you should keep in mind concerns the manufacturing process used in turning the bamboo into flooring. Low grade bamboo flooring is subject to splitting, de-lamination, cupping and non-durable finishes.  When choosing Bamboo I suggest choosing a quality Bamboo flooring provider, even if you have to pay that little bit extra.

Bamboo is more water-resistant than the average hardwood but it is not recommended for certain rooms. You should not install bamboo flooring in bathrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or other rooms with high moisture content. The moisture can cause your floor to warp or swell. Clean up spills immediately.

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