Pros and Cons of Bamboo Flooring

Jim Williams
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Because bamboo flooring is quickly rising as one of the most popular types of flooring available, it is often under scrutiny. Because bamboo is a durable, largely renewable type of flooring it is a great choice for many homes. However, that doesn’t mean that its disadvantages should be overlooked. Let’s examine the pros and cons of bamboo flooring.

Advantages of Bamboo Flooring

Eco-Friendly – Bamboo is an eco-friendly choice for many homes. It takes a single bamboo plant six months to regenerate, where a hardwood tree can take as long as 30 years! Harvesting bamboo plants are also very good for bamboo forests, as the roots stay intact and they take such little time to regenerate.

Easy to Maintain – Bamboo floors are cared for the same way hardwood is. Simply dust mop and occasionally damp mop to keep your bamboo floors clean.

Durable – Bamboo floors are durable. Depending on the type of bamboo floor, you could be installing a floor that is extremely strong that will last for years.

Design and Style – Bamboo floors are beautiful, and blend will with most types of décor. Beyond this, there are several different finishes to choose from to express your creativity and customize your living space.

Disadvantages of Bamboo Flooring

Possible Damage – Even though bamboo is a strong material, it is not completely impervious to damage. If not cared for properly, bamboo is susceptible to scratches, dents, and other unsightly damages. Take care not to drag furniture across your floors and trim your pet’s nails to avoid unnecessary damage.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – Depending on the type of bamboo you purchase, you could be installing a floor that has been bonded with chemicals that emit harmful toxins into the air. The best way to avoid this is to purchase your floors from a reputable manufacturer that can tell you exactly how your bamboo strands were bonded together.

Humidity – Keep in mind that many types of bamboo can expand and shrink with excessive humidity. Install your bamboo floors on the first level of your home or office where humidity levels are relatively stable.

Install bamboo properly in areas where there is little fluctuation in moisture and heat. That way, your bamboo floors will stay beautiful and durable for many years.