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7 reasons to choose bamboo flooring instead of timber

Wednesday, May 21, 2014   by: Greener Ideal

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When looking to outfit an interior many folk dream of that perfect hardwood floor, yet in the last decade or so leaps and bounds have taken place so far as the alternatives are concerned. One extremely popular alternative to hardwood flooring has been bamboo flooring, its ability to hold a nice finish in addition to its ecological benefits have quickly seen it rise to become a firm favourite with construction companies and home renovators alike.

1. Easy To Maintain

Whilst hardwood flooring often requires very specialist care, bamboo is relatively easy to keep in top shape. A simple sweep and vacuum is fine for extended periods. Around once every few months you’ll maybe need to have a damp mop treatment using easily attained and cheap to buy cleansers. They are typically non-wax and slightly acidic formulations specially created for the purpose of cleaning bamboo floors.

bamboo floor cleaning

2. Better for the Environment

Bamboo is able to grow to full maturity in as little as three to five years, indeed these rapid fellows can have growth spurts which see them grow as much as three feet in a day .In addition to being a far more renewable material bamboo is also completely biodegradable, this ensures that both supply and decommission is without too large an ecological impact.

When we consider the decades and sometimes even centuries it takes for hardwood forests to be created we can see that bamboo is a far more sane approach to flooring. It is true that most bamboo is flown in from the poorly regulated economy of China

bamboo forest

3. Water Resistant

As you’d notice from even cursory experience with the differing materials, bamboo is far more resistant to water than most other natural woods. This great resilience to damage, stains, and warping makes it a fantastic choice for wetter climates, especially if you know your flooring will be in a room where the airing is of questionable strength. Simply using common sense can heighten the water resistance properties of the material, tactics like placing rugs and mats in areas where consistent spillage may be an issue for example.

Hardwood floorings can also be relatively water resistant however it requires much more expensive treatments. This is another factor which tips the ecological scales towards bamboo flooring. They do not require large amounts of chemical treatment in order to meet their design brief.

4. Style

When it comes to elevating the style of an interior space, bamboo is a great choice. Firstly it can come in literally any style, and can even be made to mimic the natural beam patterns of a traditional hardwood floor. The most popular finish is the light airy look for which bamboo floor is famed, the kind of look which gives any room that extra sense of space. As you can see from the photo below, it goes particularly well when used to finish a modern, minimalist and  clean indoor installation whether it be a kitchen, living space or office environment.

5. Much Cheaper Price

The simple dynamics of supply and demand dictate that the quick growing bamboo is far cheaper a flooring option than the increasingly scarce hardwoods. However the price benefits don’t stop there, in addition to being less costly to install these floors also require far less expensive maintenance. Over the course of the life of a floor you will see substantial savings in avoiding the lengthy and detailed reconditioning that hardwood floors can sometimes require.

bamboo flooring

6. Refinishing

When speaking of maintenance, it must be said that bamboo can need refinishing if left exposed to strong sunlight over long periods. However when compared to any other flooring medium bamboo is far easier and far cheaper to refinish. Indeed, many owners decide to obtain a refinish for stylistic reasons long before one is necessary for maintenance reasons.

bamboo floor refinishing

 

7. Surprising Durability

Engineered bamboo is is not one hundred percent bamboo, but it much more durable that true bamboo. It also offers better moisture resistance that true bamboo, which will prevent it from warping and buckling even in very damp climates. If durability is the prime concern it can be surprising to learn that  using compression treatment techniques bamboo flooring can actually give greater tensile strength than even traditional hardwoods like oak.

In conclusion, there’s very little that can be achieved with an expensive hardwood floor that cannot be achieved using the more ecologically friendly bamboo flooring option. By combining resilience, good price and fantastic visuals you could well find that it’s the best solution for your flooring problems. This is especially true over the long-term where traditional hardwood flooring can often give rise to expensive reconditioning and maintenance issues.

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