Bamboo Hardwood Flooring
Bamboo Flooring - 2013
Bamboo Hardwood Flooring
Many home improvement projects will, at one time or another, involve replacing or redesigning your floor. Presently, there are many popular flooring options available which might make choosing a particular floor quite a chore. Typically, one would choose their floor based on the advantages as well as the limited cons it has. If you are looking for a flooring option that will please your eyes every time you look at it, then you may want to consider bamboo flooring.
I am sure that you may have read some of the forums that dispute bamboo as an ideal flooring option. However, when you look at the advantages you stand to gain from using it, bamboo hardwood flooring truly is the best. It should be noted that the quality of bamboo hardwood flooring differs from manufacturer to manufacturer and may depend on factors such as the type or species of bamboo used as well as the manufacturing process.
One of the advantages that bamboo hardwood flooring has is a high Janka scale rating. This rating is the internationally accepted rating for measuring the hardness of a floor. Interestingly, it should be noted that the Janka rating does not take into account whether a particular floor is scratch resistant. Natural bamboo floor has a Janka scale rating of roughly 1500. However, carbonized bamboo hardwood flooring has a rating of 1200. Typically, this hardness rating means the amount of force the floor can take without leaving dents. Thus, with the ratings mentioned above, the floor is on par with other hardwood floors on the market.
At this point, it may be worth mentioning that while it may be on par with other hardwood floors, bamboo will still scratch just as easily as other floors. This means that you will have to take great care of your floor to ensure that it has a long life, especially if it is to be used in high traffic areas.
Another advantage that bamboo flooring has over hardwood floors is its easy installation process. A number of manufacturers are offering bamboo hardwood flooring with the floating installation method, which is an easy-to-use DIY installation technique. This helps save on contractor and labor fees making the flooring option more suitable for budget projects.
Perhaps the most disputed benefit of bamboo hardwood flooring is its effect on the environment. Bamboo flooring is known to be an environmentally friendly product when compared with similar hardwood floor products. This is due to the fact that bamboo takes a short time to mature, about five years. On the other hand, many hardwood species take decades to mature and as such, the hardwood population continues to decrease when using these trees for furniture making and flooring purposes.
When choosing bamboo hardwood flooring, ensure that you choose quality bamboo, i.e. from a species that has matured at least five years. Moreover, take the time to learn about the manufacturing process before making your final purchase.