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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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