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27 Bamboo Flooring Ideas With Pros And Cons
Bamboo is an attractive natural material that generally adds real estate value to a home. This material is often used for flooring, though it has its own disadvantages and advantages, too. Let’s consider them all to find out whether you need this type of flooring or not.
Bamboo Flooring Advantages
Bamboo is becoming more and more popular due to its eco-friendly properties. It is a fast-growing grass that reaches maturity in a quarter of the time of hardwood trees. This also makes it more cost effective than hardwood. Bamboo is sustainable and environmentally friendly.
If you are looking for a durable floor, you may want to consider strand woven bamboo. It is over twice as hard as oak flooring, making it ideal for busy areas or commercial properties.
Bamboo flooring is extremely versatile. It can be installed over almost any subfloor and used in most rooms in your home. Bamboo is dimensionally stable, meaning that it can be used in rooms with fluctuating temperatures. Some types can also be used with underfloor heating. It is easy to install. You have a choice to either float it over an underlay or fix it down to the subfloor with nails or glue.
When choosing your bamboo flooring, there is a wide range to look at. Different colors, styles, grain patterns, surface finishes and plank sizes. You can even find bamboo parquet block flooring if you want something a bit different. You will be able to complement your bamboo floor with matching flooring accessories, such as skirting, beading, door bars and pipe covers.
Finally, you will find bamboo flooring hygienic, easy to clean and great for allergy sufferers. If you adopt a daily cleaning routine of sweeping away dust and dirt, there is nowhere for pet hair or other allergens to hide.
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Bamboo Flooring Disadvantages
Although bamboo flooring is water resistant, it is by no means waterproof. You should never use bamboo flooring outside, in a bathroom or any other area with excessive water. Bamboo is a natural product so would try to absorb any extra water or liquid surrounding it, so it is essential to make sure your subfloor is completely dry before installation. You should also wipe away any spills or water accidents from the surface of your bamboo immediately.
Bamboo is known for its durability and strength, but it is not indestructible! Although it is a hard wearing floor covering, you may still find scratches and dents to the surface if you do not look after it properly. Make sure that you use felt protector pads on the bottom of furniture. You should also be careful when moving heavy objects or furniture. Never drag things across the floor, always lift them up and place them down gently.
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