Buying Guide: Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring has become a popular choice for designers and architects alike.
Before looking at and installing bamboo flooring, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of using this material for your home or investment properties.
Advantages of Bamboo Flooring
Sustainable and environmental friendly
Bamboo flooring is a natural material made from a type of grass, which is an excellent choice for those who are interested in building an environmentally friendly home.
Unlike timber floors, bamboo reaches maturity within six years to be harvested and regen-erated a lot quicker, making it an effective renewable resource. This provides an environ-mentally friendly alternative to timber flooring. Plantations are farmed for this purpose and do not have a negative effect on wildlife.
Bamboo flooring is made from the Moso species of bamboo. The Moso species is not a food source for pandas or other animals.
Strength and Durability
The Janka Hardness Scale is used to determine the hardness and strength of particular species of wood. The higher the rating on the scale, the harder and more durable the flooring is expected to be.
Bamboo flooring is stronger, denser and more stable than many types of timber flooring. Janka ratings show strand woven bamboo to be harder than Ironbark, Spotted Gum, Brushbox, Merbau and Jarrah.
Bamboo flooring can be installed in most flooring areas. It can stand up very well to the abrasion caused by the daily routines of people from all walks of life including those with children and pets. It is tough enough to resist the impact of falling objects in the kitchen, as well as in high traffic areas such as the living rooms and hallways. Bamboo flooring will scratch, but it is easy to reduce the likelihood of scratches with felt pads under your furniture.
Low VOC Levels
Bamboo flooring does not emit dangerous levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere of your home. Bamboo flooring emits lower formaldehyde and other VOC levels (which reduce indoor air quality) than most other timber floorings.
Compared to timber flooring, bamboo flooring has a high climatic suitability because it grows in the tropics. This makes it a more than suitable option for kitchen and living areas where spills and cleaning occur with more frequency. Bamboo flooring also does well in both arid and humid climates.
Bamboo flooring provides a relaxed and comfortable feel. The naturally attractive material is clearly visible and evokes a sense of serenity, accompanied with the supportive feel of a strong and sturdy floor.
Disadvantages of Bamboo Flooring
Not suitable for outdoor or area affected with moisture
Bamboo flooring is not suitable in areas prone to excessive wetness such as bathrooms. Avoid outdoor areas or areas that require wet mopping. Extended exposure to moisture can cause a bamboo flooring to warp, bend, or swell.