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Advantages and Disadvantages of Bamboo Flooring

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Is a bamboo floor right for you? Bamboo flooring has become increasingly popular in recent years. While it can be a great material to use, like anything else, it also has its drawbacks. Here’s a list of some advantages and some disadvantages, that can hopefully help you decide if bamboo flooring is right for you.

 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Bamboo Flooring

Advantages

Durability

Bamboo flooring can be just as durable as any hardwood flooring, but just like with anything, quality is a factor.

It is always best to find a high quality bamboo flooring product from a trusted and reputable Sykesville, MD flooring company such as Genesis Flooring America. Lower quality bamboo floors tend to be weaker and significantly less durable than hardwoods.

Eco-Friendly

Bamboo is a rapidly replenished renewable resource. It takes bamboo approximately 3-5 years to reach maturity, whereas many trees that hardwoods come from require 20 or more years. This helps to alleviate the pressure on hardwood tree populations, which in turn reduces the greenhouse effect.

Easy Cleaning

No one likes cleaning, so when it has to be done, it’s best to make it as easy as possible. Bamboo flooring is easy to clean and doesn’t require anything special. Occasional sweeping and vacuuming will keep the floors clean, and a mop with mild soap will be sufficient to clean any spills.

Price

The cost of bamboo flooring is right on par with other flooring options. Bamboo flooring typically ranges from between $5-$8 per square foot, which is comparable to many hardwood flooring options and in some cases, is even more affordable.

Disadvantages

Scratches

While this applies mostly to lower quality floors, it can be a problem for all bamboo floors. When used regularly, bamboo floors tend to scratch. This can be from the likes of high heels, pet claws, or even just sand and dirt particles of everyday life.

Water Resistance

In many cases, bamboo flooring can be more resistant to water than hardwoods are. However, it is still a natural material and is susceptible to water damage.

Humidity can also be a problem. In very wet and humid regions, bamboo planks can expand, and in very dry regions they can shrink. Both can result in cracking, which is a serious concern and something that must be taken into account when choosing your flooring.

Softness

Certain bamboos are much softer than others, which will hurt your floor’s durability. If bamboo is harvested too early, then it will lead to softness. Un-carbonized bamboo tends to be stronger than its darker carbonized counterpart. This is because the process of darkening the bamboo involves heating which softens it up.

Bamboo flooring gives your home a modern look and feel, and can be a great choice for your floors. Like all flooring options, it is not only better to choose a quality material but also a quality Maryland flooring installer, like the pros at Genesis Flooring America. Give us a call today  to schedule an appointment with our staff or to ask any questions you may have about flooring!


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