Bamboo vs. Hardwood Flooring: What to Know

These days there are so many options when it comes to choosing flooring for your home. If you’re interested in hardwood flooring, chances are you’ve also heard of bamboo flooring as an alternative to hardwood. Both are good choices, but which one is right for your home? We’ve broken down some of they key differences between bamboo and hardwood to help you decide which flooring material is the better option for your home and lifestyle.

 

Price

Your budget is often the determining factor when it comes time to choose a flooring material for your home. For those looking for a quality material that also won’t strain your budget, go with bamboo. As a fact, bamboo costs less per square footage than hardwood, making it a more economical option while having some of the same characteristics.

 

Durability

While hardwood flooring may be more expensive than bamboo, it will also last longer. If you are able to maintain and properly care for hardwood floors, they can last for decades. Bamboo flooring, while durable, will only last you 10-25 years if it is well cared for. If you are willing to pay a little more money upfront for flooring that will last longer and not have to be replaced any time soon, we suggest looking into hardwood!

 

Resiliency

Because all types of grainy and natural materials are prone to damage, both bamboo and hardwood can fall victim to different kinds of harm. Hardwood floors are easily scratched, especially if you have pets in your home. It is also easily susceptible to water damage, and water can cause warping in your floors. While bamboo can also be damaged, it is slightly more water resistant than hardwood.

 

Style

If you’re going for the classic look of hardwood flooring, both of these options will look great in your home. Depending on your style and preference, hardwood is a great choice if you are going for a simple, elegant look in any of your rooms. Bamboo can be a more trendy option, as the grain usually appears in a more intricate pattern, and will be a great conversation piece when you have friends over.

 

Restoration

If you are looking ahead, you may already be thinking about what will happen to your floors down the road. According to HGTV, almost all hardwood floors can be refinished and made to look like new again. While it may be an expensive project, it will be worth it when people can’t tell if you’ve had your floors for 20 years or 2. Bamboo floors can also be refinished, but may need more careful treatment than hardwood.

 

The choice is up to you! Whether you decide on bamboo or hardwood flooring for you home, the Flooring Professionals will be able to help you every step of the way.

 

Sources: washingtonpost.com, thespruce.com, diffen.com