Tropical Interior Design Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons Bali Home Living

Tropical Interior Design Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons Bali Home Living

Tropical Interior Design: Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons

Posted by Diyana on Monday, August 1, 2011 Leave a Comment

Walking into a room decorated with the beautiful natural materials of Bali interior decor gives the feeling that the lush gardens of Bali have followed you inside. The craftsmen and artisans of Bali create many decorative artifacts that bring natural vibrancy into your home. Woven baskets, rattan furniture and stone planters are highlighted even more in an environment complete with gorgeous bamboo flooring.

Sustainability of Bamboo

Bamboo offers the natural beauty of wood in an environmentally friendly fashion. Bamboo has been used for centuries for tools, furnishings and building materials. It grows much faster than hardwood trees because it is a grass, not a wood. Moso Bamboo, mainly from China and the primary source of bamboo flooring, can grow as much as almost four feet in a day. It only takes three to five years to reach its maturity, unlike hardwood trees which require growth time of twenty years or more before harvesting. Bamboo is a highly sustainable product.

The Different Types and Bamboo Flooring Durability

Bamboo flooring comes in two types. One is the cut but unprocessed type used primarily in Southeast Asia’s stilt houses because the more open planks allow better air flow in warmer weather. The other is highly processed manufactured flooring found in western markets, primarily North America.

Bamboo flooring used in the kitchen

Bamboo flooring durability is assured. It is resistance to moisture and insects and its hardness rating is comparable to oak and other popular hardwood floorings. It offers toughness and durability with great beauty in planks with either a vertical or horizontal grain orientation. This lends itself to a variety of styles and patterns when planks are combined in different colors and grain orientations. This versatility and creativity is part of the wide appeal of this special flooring for beautiful tropical interior decors. Offered in a variety of colors with coordinating accessories and trim pieces, there are appropriate choices available for any style, look or budget. Installation of this flooring is easy and like that of hardwood flooring.

Bamboo Flooring Problems

There are few bamboo flooring problems. One concern by some environmentalists is that urea-formaldehyde (UF) adhesive is used in the manufacturing process. This adhesive emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be harmful to indoor air quality. However, the reality is that relatively very small amounts of this compound are used and do not pose a health risk. If this is a concern, opening windows throughout the house periodically to refresh interior air, which is needed in homes regardless of the type of flooring. Another problem is that the carbonization process used to darken the color of the flooring can soften the material, so you may trade some durability to get a very dark flooring color. Dark bamboo flooring should not be wet mopped, as too much moisture causes the floor to warp through swelling. Wipe spills up immediately and use a damp mop and this problem is avoided.

Installing bamboo flooring can be simple and easy with self locking panels, available on Amazon

Summing Up Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons

Knowledge of Bamboo flooring pros and cons will help you maintain the beautiful finish of your floors. Do not let grit and sand build up as too much dirt scratches the finish. Follow all of the manufacturers’ recommendations to avoid these problems. Proper maintenance and care will assure the life of your floor. At some future time a recoating may be desirable and the bamboo layer is thick enough to be re-finished up to three times.  The positive attributes of bamboo are many. The beautiful grains in bamboo are more graceful and elegant that hardwoods. It performs better that most hardwoods in stability, flammability and hardness. It also has electrostatic prevention qualities. It is stain, chemical and fire resistant.  Finally, it is very easy to clean and protect.

Bamboo flooring has enduring character and will match any décor, from the traditional or eclectic to the natural earth material style of Indonesian designs. Like the gorgeous batiks, limestone carvings and rattan furniture created in Bali for a harmonious home, beautiful bamboo flooring is an elegant feature in a home.


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