Flooring Fundamentals: Bamboo 101

Let’s face it—investing in new flooring is a stressful process. From agonizing over which type of flooring is the best fit for your home, to finding a flooring company and finally having it installed—the flooring purchase cycle can be overwhelming and confusing. But why should it be?

Here at Flooring Professionals, we get it, and we’re here to help! We have created a website to help you find a flooring professional near you, along with a blog full of flooring tips and resources. One of these resources is our Flooring Fundamentals series, where we dive into the world of flooring and help you learn the basics about each of the major flooring categories before you even set foot in a flooring store!

Get ready for a crash course in flooring—from price, construction and maintenance to color, style and key terms. Flooring Professionals is here to put your mind at ease and help you find the perfect flooring to fit your needs!

Bamboo Basics & Benefits

Over the past few years, bamboo has quickly become the popular flooring choice of many! Bamboo flooring offers the durable yet stylish benefits found with traditional wood flooring, while boasting a unique look and bringing a number of distinct advantages to the table as well:

Eco-Friendly

Bamboo flooring is best-known as an environmentally friendly wood flooring option, as bamboo is a highly renewable resource. Bamboo is considered a “green” flooring alternative as bamboo is a grass that re-grows over time (if properly cared for), and does not require any chemicals to clean and maintain it—making it the preferred choice for the environmentally conscious homeowner.

Cutting Edge

There’s no question that bamboo flooring is on the forefront of the flooring industry—it is one of the most cutting edge flooring options on the market and already widely preferred amongst homeowners! Bamboo flooring offers a classic hardwood look with a unique style all its own that is sure to impress.

Durable & Tough

Bamboo flooring is highly durable and perfect for nearly any room, as it can endure wear and tear from kids, pets and high traffic. Although bamboo flooring is an environmentally-friendly alternative to hardwood flooring, contrary to common belief it is also stronger and denser than many hardwood floors, making it quite popular for commercial and household use. Bamboo flooring is even tough enough to withstand falling objects and scraping chairs or other furniture, making it the common choice for many modern kitchens, living rooms and more.

Moisture Resistant

In addition to its durable characteristics, bamboo flooring is also quite resistant to moisture. Choosing moisture-resistant flooring will enhance the longevity of you floors and therefore make your investment in new flooring more worthwhile!

Warm & Stylish

The natural wood look of bamboo flooring can add a warm feel to a room, and make any space feel cozy. If you are looking for a flooring option that not only performs but also looks great, bamboo is the flooring is for you.

Affordable

As bamboo flooring comes from a highly renewable resource, it is more affordable than many other wood flooring options on the market today. When you take into consideration all of the benefits of this flooring, bamboo is the clear choice with a high value that can’t be beat!

Types of Bamboo Flooring

Did you know that bamboo flooring can resist indentations and abrasions twice as much as many wood floors? It’s true! Bamboo flooring is surprisingly not made up of solid bamboo—it is manufactured from bamboo strips or fibers and then pressed together in a high-pressure machine with a laminate coating.  The laminate coat of this flooring makes it quite strong, which explains its impressive strength and durability! After lamination, bamboo flooring is then pressed once more, and then milled and finished. There are two main types of bamboo flooring—regular and stranded. The difference between the two stems from the way it is manufactured:

Regular

Regular bamboo flooring is typically made up of more than one species of bamboo. First, bamboo shoots are harvested and cut into strips (also known as stalks), through a boiling, drying and flattening process and then the various types of bamboo are flattened once more and laminated or glued together to form bamboo flooring planks.

Stranded

Conversely, stranded bamboo flooring is made up of bamboo fibers rather than strips. The bamboo fibers are softened and separated before being formed into bamboo floor planks. Similar to the high-pressure lamination process of regular bamboo flooring, stranded bamboo flooring is pressed together, sanded and then coated with an aluminum oxide finish for additional resiliency. Stranded bamboo flooring is considered the strongest type of bamboo flooring, and two to three times stronger than oak flooring! Stranded bamboo flooring’s strength and durability makes it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas in any home.

The Bottom Line – Reasons to Choose Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring has proven itself time and time again as a dependable flooring option with its high-value and relatively low cost. There are many reasons to choose bamboo flooring for your home: its eco-friendly qualities, premium durability, unique hardwood-look—the list goes on and on. If you are looking for an eco-friendly, affordable yet attractive flooring option, bamboo is a great choice for any room!

Find your local flooring professional and start your search for the bamboo floor of your dreams today!

SOURCES: BuildDirect.com, HardwoodFloorsMag.com