Bamboo Wood Floor
Bamboo Flooring - 2013
Bamboo Wood Floor
A bamboo wood floor is an excellent substitute for a hardwood one. In fact, bamboo has quickly replaced hardwood as the choice of flooring in many of the homes in the United States. A major reason for the increasing popularity of a bamboo wood floor as opposed to a hardwood floor is that the former is environmentally friendly. Bamboo floors are considered ‘green’ because the bamboo plant is not cut down when the bamboo is harvested. Bamboo is a renewable resource and you can harvest from the same plant several times and over a much shorter period than hardwoods. This saves many trees.
Most people think of a bamboo as a tree while it is in fact a grass. It is mainly grown in China and in other parts of Asia. The bamboo wood floor has been a common feature in homes in these parts of the world for many years. In Asia, there is not a great deal of processes that are applied to the bamboo in order to make it useable as flooring material. However, in the United States the most commonly available bamboo used in homes is the manufactured bamboo wood floor. This product is not only as beautiful as hardwood flooring but just as durable.
Manufactured bamboo is taken through several processes which include cutting into strips, removal of outer skin and nodes, boiling in lime or boric acid to remove the sugar and starch content naturally found in the bamboo, carbonizing and then drying. The process of carbonizing is only carried out when a darker color is preferred for the bamboo and involves steaming the bamboo. A darker color than the natural blonde is achieved because the steaming causes the sugar content in the bamboo to caramelize. Caramelized sugar is brown in color.
The manufactured bamboo wood floor is laminated using urea formaldehyde (UF). The lamination helps the bamboo to be even more durable as it is able to resist changes in temperature and moisture so that it does not warp or bend. Natural bamboo is however quite durable and moisture resistant and a number of people opt not to use the UF lamination.
Besides being durable and environmentally friendly, a bamboo wood floor also has a number of other advantages. One advantage is that it is relatively easy to clean. It can be dusted, mopped or vacuumed. A soft, damp cloth should be used when there are sticky stains on the floor. It is quite resistant to stains and scratches but dragging furniture on it should be avoided. The bamboo floor is also quite low maintenance as compared to other wooden floors as it requires less touch ups.
Another important advantage of the bamboo wood floor is the cost. Even though the cost of the bamboo floor will vary depending on factors such as grade and design, a bamboo wood floor will cost much less than a hardwood floor. They are also easy to install so homeowners can actually install their own bamboo floors in order to reduce the cost.