Benefits of Bamboo Flooring
If you are planning on home renovation, then consider the newest and most popular trend, bamboo flooring. Many people believe that bamboo is a kind of wood, but it is not. Bamboo is a kind of grass whose looks deceive you. It might not look very strong and durable, but on the contrary, it is durable and is a much stronger option when compared to hardwood. Scrap all the traditional flooring materials and get bamboo because it is much easier to install and maintain. It makes your home look really great and comes with advantages that couldn't be found on other flooring materials. Bamboo flooring comes in different levels of hardness and it is less susceptible to changing weather conditions. It does not expand or contract during cold and hot weather like other kinds of wood.
Ecologically friendly: It is actually the threat of deforestation that has forced many to resort to eco-friendly measures. Trees that are being felled for their wood, take decades to replace. Bamboo on the other hand, grows much faster, it is believed to be the fastest growing plant on earth. Some bamboo plants can grow up to 3 feet each day. This feature has made bamboo immensely popular. They need only 3 to 6 years to mature whereas, hardwood trees take almost 100 years to mature. They don't need any fertilizer or pesticides to grow well.
Bug friendly: Bamboo is the perfect choice for your flooring if you want to keep away termites, moisture and rot. However, you have to treat bamboo floors with mineral boron, so that the termites do not destroy it.
Water and stain resistant: The absorption power of bamboo is amazing. Hardwood flooring degenerates whenever it is exposed to tremendous amounts of water, but bamboo does not. Bamboo is considerably stain resistant, so it is much easier to clean. However, remember to clean bamboo floors as soon as something spills on it, especially milk and red wine. Keep your bamboo floors polished, so that stains are easy to clean.
Less chemicals during treatment process: Usually for bamboo flooring, bamboo is sliced into strips, which are then 'destartched' by boiling. The strips are glued into boards and milled. A simple preservation treatment is done with Urea-Formaldehyde (UF). UF is not actually good for you to breathe, but much less UF is used for bamboo compared to hardwood. It is also possible for you to buy bamboo that is not treated with UF at all.
There are mainly two natural colors of bamboo. People who love the light and natural color go for it. There are darker varieties of bamboo; the carbonizing process makes the color bamboo amber. When compared to the natural light color of bamboo, the hardness of bamboo is reduced by 10%. Even then, bamboo flooring is considered much stronger than hardwood. If you wish, you can color your bamboo for a different look. Dyed bamboo is beautiful; just remember to choose dye that is not toxic.