Bamboo Flooring Prices
Bamboo Flooring - 2013
Bamboo Flooring Prices
Bamboo flooring has gained a lot of popularity in the last few years. This is because this type of flooring has been touted as being eco-friendly and as an excellent alternative to hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring can be very expensive and therefore bamboo flooring prices can bring huge savings when compared to hardwood flooring.
Bamboo is a grass and not a wood and is a renewable source as the plant regenerates itself. Bamboo is just as hard as hardwood and in some cases can even be harder and more durable depending on the age of the bamboo plant and the treatment it has gone through.
Even though bamboo flooring prices are generally lower than hardwood flooring prices, this is dependent on a number of factors. There are some bamboo floors that may cost as much as hardwood flooring.
Bamboo flooring prices range widely as a number of factors determine the cost.
Bamboo flooring grade – Bamboo flooring is classified according to grades with grade A being superior to grade B. Grade A bamboo flooring will be made of mature bamboo plants (whose age is above 5 years). Fully mature bamboo plants result in bamboo flooring that is hard, durable and more resistant to mold and fungi. On the other hand, grade B flooring will be softer and more susceptible to chipping, cracking, denting and to mold and fungi. Grade A flooring will also have more consistent coloring.
Bamboo floor treatment and coating – The treatment the bamboo is subjected to is a major determinant of bamboo flooring prices. Some types of flooring are subjected to certain special treatments such as carbonization or fossilization to improve the flooring quality and make it more durable. This will increase the flooring price.
Some bamboo flooring types are hand scraped or distressed and these are probably the most expensive types of bamboo flooring.
Bamboo floor construction – Bamboo flooring is constructed in a number of different ways resulting in vertical, horizontal and strand woven flooring. Strand woven bamboo flooring will cost more than all the others as its manufacturing process is longer.
Other factors affecting bamboo flooring prices include installation costs and length of warranty. Installation costs may be reduced by installing the bamboo floor yourself.
Bamboo flooring prices may start as low as $2 per square foot for the unfinished solid bamboo planks. Mid-range finished bamboo flooring which is will average $6 per square foot. High end bamboo flooring may cost around $8 per square foot.
On the average, bamboo flooring prices will be less that hardwood flooring. However, with the highest grade of bamboo that may cost as much as some hardwoods, you still have an eco-friendly product that saves our hardwood trees which can take 25-30 years to mature.