How to Choose Bamboo Flooring
When selecting the appropriate Bamboo floor, consider your usage. Bamboo flooring comes in three styles namely horizontal, vertical and strand-woven. Horizontal and vertical styles are resilient but are best suited for indoors indoor spaces. Whereas, strand-woven is scratch resistant, ultra-violet light resistant and moisture resistant therefore it can be installed comfortably in outdoor areas.
How to install and maintain Bamboo flooring
When installing the bamboo floor, the first step is determining the flooring method based on your floor type i.e. wood or cement floor. If you are installing on a concrete floor, work in small sections and connect the boards soon after gluing the section. If you are installing bamboo on the wooden floor, you can easily nail the boards as you go. It is recommended you use horizontal cut as it shows more bamboo markings. Bamboo floor is quite easy to maintain. However, just like wood, this floor can dent or scratch. You should clean the floor regularly using a soft mop with natural cleaners. Avoid high-heeled shoes or sharp objects on the bamboo floors to avoid scratching it as well as rubber backed to ensure the floor breaths.
Pros of Bamboo flooring
Durability- Bamboo flooring is well known for its hardness and dent resistance. This floor is also resistant to moisture, bacteria and pets. Because of this nature, it can be effectively used in kitchens.
Natural Beauty- Bamboo flooring has an amazing, unique look that can easily match with almost any form of house décor.
Cost effective. Due to its fast growth and availability, Bamboo floor is very cheap compared to the old hardwood flooring. Bamboo flooring is also cheap in terms of maintenance and installation.
Eco-beneficial- Bamboo, a grass, grows easily and can be harvested after a period of only 5 years unlike hardwood trees which you can wait up to a decade or more before harvesting. This renewable plant grows easily on the same plant it was harvested on over and over again!
Easy to install, clean and maintain. Bamboo flooring is installed in just a few steps on wooden or cement floor. This flooring can also be installed on an existing vinyl, plywood or even strand board subfloor without the hassle of removing the previous floor.
Cons of Bamboo flooring
Color- Bamboo flooring comes in a limited variety of colors. These colors include natural, carbonized and stained.
Bamboo Flooring can easily fade. The color of bamboo flooring can fade easily when exposed to sunlight for a relatively long period of time.
Brittle- In comparison with other styles of flooring such as hardwood, Bamboo flooring can be easily scratched or even dent.
There are quite a number of reviews on the internet on Bamboo flooring. Nevertheless, after evaluating the Bamboo flooring pro and cons, they all agree that it is best alternative to laminate or hardwood flooring.