Why Bamboo Flooring?
Attractive and reasonably priced, bamboo is durable,versatile, eco-friendly, longer-lasting, and more dimensionally stable alternative to traditional hardwood. Because bamboo is a natural, renewable resource, it is considered by many experts and homeowners to be the logical flooring choice of the future. Bamboo is technically a grass, not a wood product, and it can be harvested every five years. As a result, no forests are destroyed to make bamboo floors, and homeowners can count on a reliable supply of products— and at stable prices— for the foreseeable future.
Follow these easy maintenance tips and spend years enjoying your bamboo floor with its original finish:
- Keep pets’ claws trimmed.
- Dry dust or vacuum regularly to remove loose soil and fine dust particles that can scratch the finish of bamboo floors.
- Wipe up spills quickly with a cloth or sponge. Clean as required with maintenance products recommended by the manufacturer.
- Never use wet mops, highly acidic or alkaline cleaners, non-recommended commercial cleaners or polishes, or treated mop that has been used to clean other floors or furniture.
- Place felt floor-protector pads on furniture feet and protect your leather floor from hard castors on moveable furniture.
- All natural and resilient floors will be subject to seasonal contraction and expansion and bamboo flooring is no different. Ensure that the humidity and temperature are controlled to normal levels.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is bamboo flooring?
A: Bamboo flooring is a hardwood made from bamboo stalks. Strips of bamboo are processed into multi-layered, tongue-and-groove pre-finished bamboo floor planks.
Q: Why choose bamboo flooring?
A: Bamboo flooring is an affordable, attractive, eco-friendly, and durable alternative to traditional hardwood flooring. According to the National Hardwood Flooring Association, natural bamboo flooring is 10 per cent harder than red oak hardwood flooring. Considered a rapidly renewable building material, the use of bamboo flooring can help builders to achieve LEED® certification for construction projects.
Q: What makes bamboo flooring eco friendly?
A: The Moso bamboo utilized is actually a quick growing grass species (Phyllostachys Heterocycla Pubescens Ohwi). Bamboo plants take only five to six years to reach maturity. Because it is a harvested grass that continually regenerates, bamboo is considered a renewable and sustainable resource.
Q: Is bamboo suitable for basements?
A: Yes, bamboo works well in basements. A floating, engineered bamboo floor may be best. It’s a good idea to have a moisture content test prior to laying the flooring. Another important precaution is to place a moisture barrier over the concrete. Usually 6 mm polyurethane sheeting is recommended, but please check with the flooring manufacturer.