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What is bamboo flooring?

Bamboo flooring is getting a lot of attention since it was first introduced decades ago. Although it is referred to as hardwood flooring, bamboo is a grass that is highly processed to produce flooring and other home products. All bamboo flooring is engineered, that is; all strands of grass are sliced and shredded, then pressed back together with glues and heat to form flooring boards 

  • Vertical bamboo has a uniform, striped appearance 
  • Horizontal bamboo has a grain pattern that is associated with bamboo flooring

Strand woven bamboo mixes the grass fibres to interlock them, that makes it the hardest and most expensive type of bamboo flooring.

Bamboo is a naturally light color, so it is carbonized to darken the surface. Carbonized bamboo is softer than natural bamboo.

The cost of bamboo flooring ranges from $5 to $8 per square foot. Get more info on bamboo flooring.

When it comes to the pros and cons of bamboo flooring people have mixed views on whether it is sustainable material or not. On one hand, it is a fast-growing plant that is available in enormous quantities. Also, it takes the pressure off other wood species, especially exotics. 

Like wood, bamboo can be scratched and it is prone to cracking in conditions where humidity levels are not the same. 

Bamboo is a naturally light color, so it is carbonized to darken the surface. Carbonized bamboo is softer than natural bamboo.

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Eco-friendliness: Environmental conscious people choose bamboo flooring as a wholly renewable source. But the manufacturing process creates other environmental concerns as the levels of adhesive used and the amount of toxin varies from product to product.

Maintenance and repair: Bamboo is relatively easy to maintain. People just have to sweep or vacuum it regularly to remove debris. Or it can be easily mopped with a non-wax, non-alkaline, bamboo floor cleanser. 

It is resistant to water damage and is harder than most hardwoods. Bamboo can be discoloured if it gets too much direct sunlight, so it is best to use blinds or curtains in a room. 

Bamboo flooring vs hardwood flooring: They have similar characteristics and costs, so it is hard to choose between the two. Bamboo is slightly lighter in color than most hardwoods, although dark colours can be found that have been carbonized. Bamboo has a uniform texture and grain, unlike hardwood. Bamboo is a more sustainable resource as its harvested from living shoots that can regrow. 

But they are way more similar in many characteristics like both require sealing against water, both are susceptible to scratching and both are regarded as a premium natural flooring material.

Bamboo flooring installation: Bamboo flooring comes in several different types of products:

  • Solid plank bamboo: They are installed the same as hardwood. They are usually thinner forms of solid bamboo designed mainly for floating floor installation. Floating floor bamboo sometimes uses modified tongues and groove systems in which the edges of the boards are mechanically interlocked. This installation is easier for DIYers and it allows the floor to expand and contract as humidity levels 
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  • Engineered bamboo: It is manufactured with a surface veneer bonded to plywood or MDF core. It is less expensive than solid bamboo and is usually installed by DIYers.