With a sea of wood species to choose from when planning a wood floor installation, homeowners have many choices. It can be hard to break away from classic wood flooring that features such gorgeous species as hickory, maple, and oak, but there is another species of wood that has many wonderful benefits: bamboo. Bamboo wood floors have grown in popularity in recent years, and today, we’d like to explore some of the reasons why. Please continue reading below to learn more.
For the earth-conscious folks who prefer sustainable flooring, bamboo wood floors are an excellent option. Bamboo floors are made from a plant that is a highly renewable resource that can grow from its youth to maturity in about three to five years. When compared to hardwood trees like maples and hickories that generally take more than twenty years to reach full maturity, bamboo is much more sustainable.
Durable Wood Floor
High-quality flooring purchased from reliable manufacturers is just as durable and sturdy as most other hardwood floors, and can be stronger than other flooring materials. Natural bamboo that hasn’t been carbonized, especially when it has been harvested, processed, and strand-woven, can be just as strong and sturdy as flooring made from oak.
Easy to Refinish
One of the downfalls of bamboo floors is that, while durable, they tend to discolor over time, and may be scratched easily; however, bamboo flooring is incredibly easy to refinish by sanding it down to minimize scratches and blemishes, and then reapplying a finish to give it an immaculate, like-new appearance. For those who prefer the rustic style, the imperfections that may appear over time will give bamboo flooring a naturally distressed look.
Bamboo flooring works well for those homes that feature more modern, streamlined styles, as well as those with an antiqued, rustic appeal. In our last blog post, we looked at some of the ways to achieve the old world style with different wood flooring options, and one of the best species of wood for a more pastoral feel in the home is bamboo. Our experts can use a hand-scraping technique on bamboo during a wood floor installation to create a distressed appearance that can transform any space into one with a rustic character. For those who prefer a smoother, classic flooring for a modern home, bamboo is an excellent choice.
Like most other hardwood floor options, bamboo cost somewhere between two and eight dollars per square foot. Because it is durable and easy to refinish, choosing bamboo floors is a wise investment that provides homeowners with years and decades of gorgeous flooring. What’s more, its sustainability and eco-friendliness will add value to any home, especially as more and more people join the growing number of earth-conscious movements in both in and outside of the wood flooring industry. Bamboo floors will make most homes highly sought after because they are sturdy floors that look great and are easy to maintain.
On that note, bamboo floors are easy to care for. After sweeping or vacuuming a bamboo floor to remove dust, dirt, pet dander, and other debris, simply wipe down these floors using a damp cloth or mop, and for a deeper clean, use floor cleaner specially formulated for bamboo, mild soap, or a floor cleaner that is free of wax and alkaline that may damage bamboo floors.
Water Resistant Flooring
Bamboo is made of natural material from plant vegetation, which makes it slightly more water-resistant, stain-resistant, and less likely to warp when compared to hardwood flooring.
There are numerous benefits to be gained from having bamboo floors installed in your home. As with most flooring materials, bamboo flooring does have some downfalls, which we will explore further in an upcoming blog post. If you are ready to transform your floors with a wood floor installation in your Plano home, reach out to Texas Hardwood Flooring, Plano’s Top Rated Local® hardwood flooring experts. Call us today or contact us online to request an estimate for a wood floor installation. If after reading this post you find that bamboo flooring is not for you, be sure to read about other hardwood flooring options that can beautify, while raising the value of, your Plano, Texas, home.