For simply being floors that we walk upon, the type of flooring we have gracing our floors is very important to us. We want a durable material that is warm, comfortable, and striking in appearance. In recent years, many of us are also very concerned about choosing eco-friendly products. Bamboo flooring fills the bill for all of these requirements.
What is Bamboo Flooring?
Bamboo, the largest member of the grass family, is hard, durable, and resistant to denting and moisture. Bamboo floors are created out of a sustainable, fast-growing plant that’s comparable in strength to wood. The stalks can be cultivated on farms, and they grow quicker than trees. The average bamboo “tree” takes about five years to reach harvesting maturity; whereas, other hard and soft woods can take 20-30 years.
The Types of Bamboo Flooring
We all picture something similar to a basket weave of poles when we hear the term “bamboo.” Bamboo flooring actually is made in planks or strips just like any other hardwood flooring. Bamboo flooring is made by cutting and drying the stalks and then gluing them into panels. Depending upon how they are cut, the panels can have either a vertical grain or a horizontal grain.
Installing Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring is installed in much the same manner as other hardwood flooring. Bamboo can absorb moisture, so be sure the sub-floor surface is perfectly dry before installation.
Maintaining Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo is hard and durable and will not scratch or dent easily. The only maintenance it will require is sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, and occasional resealing. Over a several-year time period, they may require refinishing. Bamboo can be sealed to highlight its natural beauty, or stained a darker hue.
If you desire the beauty of hardwood flooring but want a more environmentally friendly option, then bamboo is an excellent choice for you. Request free estimates from pre-screened flooring installers in your area to install your new hardwoods.
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