Important Things to Consider When Buying Bamboo Flooring
The demand for bamboo flooring solutions has increased exponentially, and more and more people are buying bamboo flooring due to its affordability, durability, and attractiveness. There are other flooring solutions in the market just as popular as bamboo flooring, but what makes it better is that it is grown and harvested in an eco-friendly manner and is available in an extensive range of colors.
Most people mistake bamboo flooring with wood flooring, since bamboo cuts, smells, feels, and looks exactly like wood. However, it is denser than most hardwoods, which makes it perfect for a flooring solution, but bamboo isn’t wood, it’s grass, and what makes it so widespread is that it is among the fastest growing plants in the world. You can harvest bamboo after only 4 or 5 years.
In comparison, hardwood trees take about 30 to 60 years before they can be crushed into flooring. Bamboo also regents after it is cut, and you can harvest the same bamboo plant again in only a couple of years. So, if you’re looking to buy bamboo flooring, what things should you keep in mind?
Here are some important things to consider when buying bamboo flooring:
1. What type of room is the bamboo floor going into?
One of the best things about bamboo flooring is its durability and versatility, which makes it a great choice for any room in your home. Most people consider bamboo flooring for their bedrooms, living areas, and hallways. Both engineered bamboo flooring and solid bamboo flooring are stable dimensionally, and that makes them perfect for rooms that have variable temperature or humidity, like conservatories, utility rooms, kitchens, and rooms with a fireplace. However, you shouldn’t install bamboo flooring in your bathrooms, since it isn’t waterproof or water resistant.
2. What level of traffic is expected in the room?
You should consider the foot traffic of the room before installing any type of flooring. Bamboo flooring is hardwearing and durable, but if there is going to be high foot traffic in the room, like a commercial property, kitchen or hallway, you should opt for strand woven bamboo flooring.
3. What is the existing subfloor?
The base floor installed on your property is the existing subfloor, and the most common types are:
- Wooden joists
- Wooden floor boards
Before choosing to install bamboo flooring in your home, you should check to see if the subfloor is dry, level, and flat, since the flooring may be easily damaged after it is installed.
4. What budget do you have?
The one thing that makes bamboo flooring a superior choice is that it is inexpensive and offers better quality than hardwood flooring. The price for bamboo flooring will vary based on the fitting system, finishing applied, and the plank constructions.
These were some of the most important things to consider when buying and installing bamboo flooring in your home. If you have further questions related to bamboo flooring or suggestions, please give us a call! We can be reached at at (248) 542-6600. We hope to hear from you soon!