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The Practical Guide to Buying Bamboo Flooring

The Practical Guide to Buying Bamboo Flooring

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Bamboo flooring has seen a marked increase in sales in recent years. It’s a constant favorite of those with allergies or with children, people who prefer flooring with easy maintenance requirements, and those who love its unique and exotic look. A lot of people also appreciate how its use is friendly for the environment. However, to maximize the benefits of bamboo flooring you need to buy bamboo flooring properly.

Here are some tips to help you out.

  1. Quality. Ostensibly, the quality of the bamboo flooring is defined by its grade. The “Grade A” flooring is made from fully mature bamboo. It is more durable and its look is more consistent. The “Grade B” comes from bamboo that hasn’t matured yet, and it may be weaker, less durable and have less consistent coloring.

Unfortunately, these designations are entirely arbitrary, so what’s Grade A for one dealer may be Grade B for another. You therefore need to check the overall reputation of the seller to gauge the quality of the bamboo flooring accurately.

The warranty is another sign of its quality, and the best ones will offer long warranties for defects, delamination, and premature wearing of the topcoat finish. On average, the warranty for structural damage for home use ranges from 10 to 25 years, while the warranty for the finish is 5 to 10 years.

  1. Costs. Bamboo flooring may come in solid-bamboo planks, which require a more time consuming installation process involving nails and staples. These planks may cost anywhere from $3 to $4 per square foot.

Engineered planks are installed with the floating floor process, and it goes much easier and faster. The price of engineered planks ranges from $3 to $7 per square foot.

If you’re going to have the installation done for you, then the costs will increase as well. Some special steps may require additional fees, such as moving your furniture, removing your old floor covering, preparing your subfloor against unevenness, and the use of special accessories for installation. So you better break down the cost of the installation and see how much each service costs.

  1. Types of bamboo flooring. Bamboo flooring may also be categorized by the way the bamboo slices are laminated together. If it is vertical, then you have narrow strips with a smooth and uniform look. Horizontal bamboo flooring uses wider bamboo planks, which show more of the natural features and growth patterns of the bamboo. The strand-woven bamboo flooring is extremely durable and strong, and comparable to the hardness of Brazilian Cherry hardwood in the Janka Hardness Scale. It also offers the most consistent look.bsmboo-flooring-types bamboo-flooring-types-
  2. Color choices. This depends mostly on your preferences. Bamboo can be stained for a wide range of options for colors and hues. With direct print bamboo, you get the benefits of bamboo but the appearance of other woods such as cherry and oak. It may also be carbonized to create a darker hue, but this is very easy to scratch or dent.

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Your best bet is to buy from a reputable seller who can answer all your questions regarding bamboo flooring pros and cons clearly and completely, so that you know what you’re getting and how much you’re paying. With such a seller, you can get the beautiful and durable bamboo flooring you need at a reasonable cost.

Bamboo Pricing factor: Surface Treatment

Often the price of bamboo materials will be heavily influenced by the type of UV coating that is applied to the surface. Low quality materials will often have only two or three coats applied to the surface. However the ideal is to have the floor coated at least six or seven times on all six sides of the plank to prevent moisture penetration. Aluminum oxide is considered to be one of the highest quality finishes available.

Pros, Cons, Care and average price of bamboo flooring

Pros

  • More quickly renewable resource than wood
  • Strong
  • Clean, contemporary sensibility

Cons

  • May darken or fade when exposed to sunlight
  • Should not be left wet

Care

  • Place walk-off mats at entries to catch dirt; frequently shake mats.
  • Place protective pads on the bottoms of chair and table legs.
  • Regularly sweep or dust-mop the floor, or use a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar.
  • Use only cleaners recommended by the flooring manufacturer.

Pricing

  • $4-$8 per square foot, installed

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Is Bamboo Flooring a Fad?

Is Bamboo Flooring a Fad?

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A story posted on the New York Time asks the question:

Is Bamboo Flooring a Good Idea or Just a Fad?

There are plenty of fads in the design world but bamboo flooring seems different. It is increasingly being used in both remodeling and new construction because it makes practical sense.

Bamboo is popular with some designers because of its sleek appearance. It is “more subtle, less ‘knotty’ ” than other wood, said Roger Ferris, an architect in Westport, Conn. “It’s not something you’re typically used to seeing. That makes it really suitable for contemporary and modern design schemes.”

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What is Bamboo Flooring?

As a flooring choice, bamboo flooring is neither as common nor as well-known as domestic hardwoods, but its use presents certain advantages: bamboo is not a tree, but is in fact an extremely fast-growing grass, which sends up new stalks from the same root system without the need for replanting each individual shoot. As a result, when compared to the costs of other exotic “woods��� (I use the term loosely, in this case, though not disparagingly so) bamboo is surprisingly affordable. It also presents a range of options, as it accommodates an engineering process similar to that involved in engineered hardwood flooring extremely well, producing a very durable and unique product as a result.

Here are a few things to take into consideration regarding the prospects of bamboo flooring, if you’re considering installing a hardwood floor and—like me—you’re taken by the prospect of something a little unusual, exotic, and stylish, while keeping within a rational price range.

Types of Bamboo Flooring?

Purveyors such as Bellwood and Morning Star supply bamboo flooring in a variety of colors and styles. Bamboo flooring tends to present alternating bands of color in stark contrast to each other; there is, for example, Morning Star’s black and gray “silver strand,” the creamy off-white and brown “tiger strand” from the same, and the similar but more starkly contrasting “spice ultra-strand” from Bellawood.

Bamboo flooring comes in three common thicknesses. There is 9/16th of one inch, 3/8th of one inch, and ½ inch, with the first two being the more common. The width of the bamboo planks varies within a normal range of 3 and ¾ inches to 5 and 1/8th inches.

How Much does Bamboo Flooring Cost?

You won’t find bamboo flooring at $1 or $2 US per square foot; that’s an unrealistic exportation given shipping costs and, to some extent, the exotic appeal of the material (which really does add a unique aesthetic element to any room; in my opinion, it stands out tastefully, but it matches the theme of a room’s decoration rather than dominating it). That being said, you’ll find a variety of bamboo flooring available in the $3 – $4 US/SFT range. The overall price range of bamboo flooring is narrower than that of solid domestic hardwoods, being more comparable with engineered hardwoods; you shouldn’t wind up having to pay more than $5 – $6 US/SFT for bamboo flooring.

The Pros and Cons of Using Bamboo Flooring

The pros of bamboo flooring are varied, and not all of them are immediately evident. It should be obvious that the material makes for a unique look and an interesting design appeal; its patterns of color mean that even two floors produced from the same general type of bamboo are going to have a certain unique quality, and the way it adds to the appearance of a room is highly complimentary. Additionally, bamboo—particularly engineered bamboo—is particularly tough and durable, being able to withstand twice the wear and tear of solid oak.

The cons of bamboo flooring are slightly counter-intuitive. It is highly water-resistant, for example, yet when it does receive water damage it shows it immediately and degrades rapidly. It is extraordinarily durable, but scratches—in a superficial, but obvious way—readily, and as such one needs to take into consideration whether or not to use bamboo flooring in areas which see a lot of use, particularly where shoes are involved (removing shoes, as per the Japanese custom on floors of the same type of material, adds greatly to the longevity of their unspoilt appearance). Finally, there is no universal grading system or governing body with regards to standards, when it comes to bamboo flooring; individual retailers’ “grade A����� and “grade B” systems are entirely arbitrary, although not necessarily without some merit.

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