Bamboo Flooring from Floor Factors
Nothing compares to the look and warmth of a real wood floor. Modern wood flooring is available in either solid or engineered planks. At Floor Factors, we primarily offer prefinished naturally-sourced flooring, which eliminates the need for onsite finishing.
Planks come in traditional glue down installation or glueless floating systems with styles ranging from narrow strip to wide hand-scraped planks. We offer a wide variety of natural flooring options, but our prefinished bamboo flooring offers a unique look and distinct set of benefits.
Benefits of Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring is less expensive than hardwood and is a perfect choice for those who want to install a natural flooring material at a reasonable price. However, bamboo floors have a lifespan of 10-25 years, while hardwood floors can last 75 or more years.
Easy to Maintain
Bamboo flooring is easy to maintain. Regular sweeping, vacuuming, and occasional polishing with a non-wax cleaner will keep it clean and free of debris. Any sand or dirt particles will damage the surface over time, so it is important to dust and sweep often.
Bamboo flooring is more resistant to water and liquid stains than hardwood. However, if installed in a humid area, the planks can “plump up.” If installed in too dry an area, the planks can shrink, just any engineered/solid hardwood.
The natural surface of bamboo has several properties similar to hardwood flooring, but it is actually created from a type of grass, making it an ecologically-friendly choice. Bamboo is a renewable plant resource that can grow to maturity in as little as three years, which is much faster than hardwood trees.
Some types of bamboo can be very strong and durable. Un-carbonized bamboo that is properly harvested can be as hard and durable as oak flooring. Additionally, strand-woven bamboo flooring can be even more durable, depending on how it was manufactured. It can achieve a hardness rating up to three times as hard as oak.
Bamboo flooring is trending for its natural elegance and versatile appearance. The finished look of bamboo is similar to that of hardwood while offering its own distinct, almost exotic, aesthetic.
Because it grows in the tropics, bamboo flooring has a higher climatic suitability compared to hardwood and other flooring materials. This makes bamboo a great choice for laundry rooms and bathrooms where hardwood does not work as well in the humidity.
Natural Flooring Material
As people are becoming more environmentally conscious, natural flooring options are gaining in popularity. Bamboo is a great natural flooring alternative to hardwood.
Types of Bamboo Flooring
There are a variety of different types of bamboo flooring available, each with its own benefits and characteristics.
- Traditional bamboo flooring consists of solid bamboo fibers available in both engineered and solid construction.
- Engineered bamboo flooring consists of a base layer of plywood running perpendicular to a top layer of bamboo. This construction method adds dimensional stability allowing the product to be installed over many types of subfloors.
- Strand woven bamboo is similar to traditional bamboo, but bonded by resin, making it much more dense than traditional bamboo.
The Unmatched Durability of Strand Woven Bamboo
Strand woven bamboo is a new flooring material that was developed in 2007. It is created by processing raw bamboo beams into long, cross-linked fibers, then drying and pressing the fibers into a floor beam. Strand woven bamboo is extremely durable compared to most hardwood flooring materials and is an affordable natural flooring alternative to hardwood.
Preventing Dents with Bamboo Flooring
Although bamboo is harder than some hardwood flooring options, the material is still relatively soft and can be subject to dents and scratches. To prevent damage and increase the lifespan of bamboo flooring, furniture should be protected with felt padding. Pet claws can also damage bamboo and should be taken into account when choosing a flooring option. Area rugs are always a practical solution that creates a unique design aesthetic in a room.
To find out more about the different types of bamboo flooring offered at Floor Factors, contact us today!
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