Bamboo Flooring: Withstanding All Time
Considered to be one of the fastest growing flooring solutions available today, bamboo flooring has a long tradition and reputation as being one of the hardest woods known to mankind. With “eco-friendly” composition, bamboo flooring is often used in installations critical to air quality for individuals suffering from many forms of air borne illnesses, including a wide variety of allergies. Once considered to be the “premier” flooring of the affluent, bamboo flooring is now available to meet income levels that makes this attractive flooring one of the most sought after flooring materials for both new home construction and remodeling of existing homes today.
Often clouded by ambiguity, bamboo flooring is not stalks of material woven together in a fashion then installed on floors. In reality, bamboo flooring is not a hardwood floor but a grass cultivated in tropical weather conditions suitable for such growth. When harvested, every three to five years, bamboo is then manufactured with increased technology producing strips, planks or tiles allowing for this unique material to be installed in the same fashions as other hardwood flooring material. With high environmentally sound composition, bamboo flooring has become the preferred choice amongst homeowners looking for a viable alternative to compliment the interior of their homes while maintaining harmony with the environment.
The benefit to a natural bamboo floor is the overall property value increase. The remarkable beauty of a bamboo floor cannot be compared to other hardwood floor installations based upon aesthetics, properties of bamboo material in combination with restoration and preservation of forests consumed by mass marketing of other hardwood materials. Bamboo hardwood floors offer numerous features over other traditionally installed hardwood floors which include:
- Unique attractiveness
- Stronger with additional resilient qualities
- Dimensionally stable
- Naturally resistant to moisture and stains
- Environmentally friendly with preservation of natural resources
Unlike other hardwood flooring material, bamboo hardwood flooring is enhanced with various installation alternatives including vertical, horizontal solid or strand woven construction which allows for a wide variation of installation patters that is limited only be the imagination and creative ability of the homeowner.
Bamboo flooring material is naturally golden blonde in color which produces very distinctive patterns when manufactured, that only bamboo flooring is noted for. During the latest in state-of-the-art manufacturing process, bamboo flooring receives the strength, durability and unparalleled resistance to insects, mildew and fire retardation associated with only bamboo wood flooring. With little or no maintenance required, caring for a bamboo wood floor requires occasional sweeping and moping maintaining overall brilliance for an unprecedented amount of time.
While selection of any hardwood flooring material has advantages and disadvantages, bamboo hardwood flooring material is not one-hundred percent “fool-proof”. Reports have indicated that bamboo flooring is susceptible to scratching, denting and color fading when installed in high traffic areas exposed to direct ultra-violet sunlight. Bamboo hardwood flooring is not tonally indestructible as is any hardwood flooring surface, requiring normal care and maintenance as is the case with any hardwood floor material. Despite occasional “optimistic” reports, bamboo hardwood floors remain the “easiest to care” for hardwood surface of all available hardwood flooring material products.
With over fifty colors available, bamboo hardwood flooring offers point of interest in selection of a color to compliment the décor of any home interior. Bamboo hardwood floors are noted for deep, rich darker colors which are both eye-catching and attractive, bringing to life even the drabbest appearing rooms. Often used in grand foyers, the exquisite tone and texture of bamboo flooring is alarming and provocative, setting the tone and elegance of the remainder of the home. Compared to black walnut, the darker tones of bamboo flooring high-light and draw attention to main focal points on the interior of the home with warmth, charm and sense of total relaxation. Bamboo flooring is also an excellent way to high-light or border tiled areas with contrasting colors a feature that is often used in new home construction.
Priced up to fifty-percent less than conventional flooring, bamboo hardwood flooring is no longer a product available only to the affluent. From natural bamboo hardwoods to engineered bamboo hardwoods this “mood setting” hardwood continues to set an ambiance to areas of the home once covered by dull, drab carpeting and linoleum, supplying light, life and the creation of an “Eco-Friendly” alternative to flooring surfaces, withstanding all time.