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Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo Flooring

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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