More and more remodelers and home builders are gravitating sustainable flooring alternatives, and bamboo has emerged as one such product. Of course, its long-lasting durability, reduced suceptability to moisture, exotic look, and unique finish doesn’t help in the appeal.
When you are ready to install bamboo flooring in your home or office, there are multiple considerations you need to make. Depending on the location of the floor you are remodeling and your basic flooring needs, there are several options that will serve you well. Let’s take a look at the fundamental differences between these floors.
When you are ready to install bamboo flooring in your desired space you must decide between different finishes, colors, edges, and surface types. Depending on the location of the floor you are remodeling and your flooring needs, there are several options that will serve you well. Let’s take a look at the fundamental things to consider when choosing a bamboo floor:
There are a variety of color options for bamboo flooring.
There are three different kinds of solid-bamboo flooring: vertical-grain solid strip, flat-grain solid strip, and strand bamboo.
Strand bamboo flooring is made from actual strands of bamboo that are bonded together with adhesive and resin. The result is a 100 percent bamboo floor that doesn’t vary in appearance from plank to plank. Strand is often the pricier version of the two because it is constructed completely out of bamboo.
Laminate bamboo, on the other hand, is made of a top layer of bamboo and laminate core. Several layers of hard fiber are adhered to the core and an image of bamboo is printed on top. Because this option is not actually made of bamboo, it is often less expensive. Engineered bamboo is often less expensive, and is installed by floating it above the subfloor.
Surface type comes distressed or smooth, while edging can vary from interlocking to a standard square cut.
All in all, bamboo's ornate grained pattern creates a distinctive appearance in any home, office, or retail environment. Compare all your options when shopping for bamboo flooring to make sure you choose the right style and the most durable flooring material for your remodeled space.
Resources: Popular Mechanics - " A Bamboo Flooring Buyer's Guide"