Bamboo Design 2 Build

Bamboo Design 2 Build

Bamboo

Bamboo is a natural surface material made of a type of grass and shares many of the same characteristics has hardwood.  The species of bamboo most commonly used for flooring is the Moso bamboo and the majority of all bamboo flooring products originates from China and other parts of Asia.  The benefits and detriments of bamboo flooring are similar to those of hardwood because of their similar physical similarities.   Bamboo is strong and durable and resistant to moisture and insects.  Bamboo is harvested and created to make planks of wood which is then used as any other type of wood flooring would be used.

Ecologically Friendly:  Bamboo is made from natural vegetation and the bamboo plant is a highly renewable source able to grow to maturity in 3-5 years.  Trees used to produce  hardwood can take more than 20 years to reach maturity so bamboo is more renewable and ecologically friendly choice.

Easy Maintenance:  Bamboo is fairly easy to maintain and typically requires only sweeping or vacuuming regularly to remove debris.  Occasionally, bamboo will need to be cleaned with a damp mop or a non-wax, non-alkaline, hardwood or bamboo floor cleanser.  Spills can be wiped up easily.

Water Resistant:  While water damage is a concern for bamboo floors, bamboo is slightly more resistant to water damage, stains, and warping than hardwood.

Natural:  As people become more ecologically conscious they are preferring products that are natural.  Also becoming more common are materials and designs that focus on individuality and natural evolution.

Durability:   Some types of bamboo are extremely hard, strong, and durable and can be manufactured to become even harder.  The color variations in bamboo are caused by heating.  The lighter the floor is, the less it has been heated and the stronger it is.  The heating process that creates the carbonized color softens the wood by 30%  Engineered bamboo flooring is not 100% bamboo.  Engineered bamboo is more durable than other types of bamboo flooring.  Stranded bamboo floors are created with bamboo fibers that are shredded and blended with an adhesive and pressure treated and is the most durable of all bamboo floors.

Style:  Bamboo is trendy and can elevate a spaces elegance.  The appearance and feel is similar to  hardwood yet distinct and different.

Insect-Resistant:  Bamboo is naturally resistant to insect infestation, mildew, and moisture.  Bamboo flooring also does not trap in allergens the way other flooring types do.

Refinishing:  Bamboo floors can become discolored or scratched over time but bamboo can be refinished by sanding it down and reapplying finishing coats to give it a new look.

Cost:  Bamboo flooring costs up to 50% less when compared to conventional hardwood flooring.

 Scratches:  Although relatively easy to maintain it is nearly impossible to keep bamboo flawless if used regularly.  High heels, pet claws, and furniture can all damage the surface.  Small particles of sand and dirt can also cause scratches over time.

Water Damage:  Bamboo is more resistant to water than hardwood but it is still a natural material and excessive moisture will cause it to warp or enable mold to grow.

Bamboo Design 2 Build

 Humidity:  Bamboo floors in very humid areas can have floor planks expand.  In dry areas the planks can shrink.  Both the expanding and contracting of the bamboo planks will result in cracks.

Lack of Grading:  There is no independent system to verify the quality of bamboo materials.  This can make it difficult to ensure the bamboo you are installing is of the highest quality.

Sunlight:  Repeated exposure to sunlight can discolor an lighten the bamboo flooring.

Lack of Variation:  There is not a large variety of color choices for bamboo floors.  The color of the bamboo depends on the heating process with darker bamboo being less durable than lighter bamboo.  The companies who produce bamboo flooring are however, currently working on expanding the color choices and stains available for bamboo floors.

Lack of Hardness:  Bamboo planks darker in color are generally softer.  However, there are some types of bamboo that are very hard.

Environmental :  Although people typically think of bamboo as a green product they often fail to take into account that bamboo is typically harvested in Asia and the product must ultimately be exported to the final destination which uses a substantial amount of energy   However, some retailers and distributors offer carbon offset contributions.  Furthermore, many countries that manufacturer bamboo have a lack of regulations.  China has no governmental standards for air quality and sometimes use urea-formaldehyde as an adhesive.  To ensure you receive bamboo that does not have this additive, check with your retailer.


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