About 20 years ago, bamboo was one of the hottest flooring materials on the market here in the greater Citrus Heights, California, area. Then in recent years, newer eco-friendly designs and improved hardwoods got introduced in the flooring market. However, recent improvements in harvesting and manufacturing technologies are bringing bamboo back into vogue. So what’s new? For one, bamboo is now being strand-woven into boards that are more than twice as hard as some popular hardwoods, and it’s currently available in a wide variety of beautifully unique and eye-catching designs.
Advantages of Bamboo Flooring
- Beauty. Many varieties of modern bamboo are manufactured to resemble both domestic and imported hardwood floors. Now being designed to look like various exotic hardwoods as well as traditional maple or oak flooring, bamboo is available in contemporary, attractive wide planks with natural-looking variegations designed to provide warmth and comfort to your home’s interior.
- Durability. Even though it isn’t the best choice for damp areas of the home, bamboo is water resistant and can last for decades, especially in lower traffic areas. It’s easy to keep clean and offers great durability. If it does become marred, it can be sanded and refinished fairly easily without leaving permanent damage behind.
- Cost & Sustainability. The price tag for Brazilian walnut flooring might be out of your budget, but today’s bamboo is a reasonably priced alternative. Bamboo is actually a grass, and thus is much less expensive than many natural hardwoods. Because a bamboo plant matures within six years and can be harvested multiple times throughout its lifespan, it is a sustainable resource.
- Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs). Inexpensive bamboo is manufactured with adhesives that cause off gassing, resulting in greater VOC emissions than floors manufactured with certified adhesives. Some companies will certify adhesives that do not off-gas formaldehyde and other toxic adhesives. However, third-party certifications are relatively new, so consult with your design associate if you have concerns about VOCs.
- Scratches. Although bamboo can be just as hard as red oak, it does tend to scratch when mistreated. If you wear pointy high heels inside or have pets with sharp claws, you won’t experience the same durability you would with other types of flooring.
- Moisture. It’s true bamboo is water resistant, but that doesn’t mean it holds up well in humid or damp areas. Bamboo installed in the wrong room can harbor molds or warp.
- It’s not wood. It may look like real hardwood and perform like real hardwood, but bamboo is a grass. Flourishing in the forests of China, the bamboo used in flooring grows up to eight inches thick. After five to six years, the stalks are cut into strips to be either bound together with adhesive or soaked in adhesive and compressed, which is commonly referred to as strand-woven bamboo flooring.
Bamboo flooring is a beautiful and durable alternative to hardwood. If you want to learn more about the different bamboo options available for your Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Roseville area home, give us a call today! Floor Coverings International Citrus Heights offers free in-home estimates and design consultations.
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