The Pros and Cons of Bamboo Flooring

by Cornell University Library

Bamboo has fast emerged as a popular flooring choice in recent years.  Its distinctive pattern formed by the nodes of the bamboo plant make bamboo only one of its kind Bamboo flooring is a good choice when you are on the market looking for appropriate flooring material.  Many people are suggesting bamboo as an alternative to traditional hard

wood flooring and this is for good reason.  But don`t necessary listen to what everyone else has to say, make an assessment for yourself identifying the pros and cons of choosing bamboo flooring above traditional hardwood timber.


What are the types of Bamboo?


In comparison to hardwood timber bamboo also comes in different grains and overall appearance.  Deciding on the right floor for you will be determined on your taste and requirements.  Bamboo flooring is made from the thin strips of the bamboo pole then laminated forming the planks of flooring.  There are 3 main distinct types in bamboo flooring:


 Horizontal – were the strips have been placed horizontally giving a large node pattern throughout the board.
Vertical – were the strips have been place vertically giving a smaller bamboo node pattern throughout the boards
Compressed/Woven – the strips have been made more refined and compressed giving the appearance of a woven effect, however this way of manufacturing makes the board very strong & durable whereas the Horizontal & Vertical has a reduced hardness compared to compressed.



The Pros and Cons of Choosing Bamboo Flooring:


 Even though there are some disadvantages of using bamboo flooring the advantage outweigh them by far.


Pros of choosing Bamboo Flooring are:

Great for people with allergies

Durable and hard wearing for everyday living

Compressed bamboo is 73% harder than traditional Jarrah

Cost considerably less than traditional hardwood timber

Pre-finished, no need for messy sanding and toxic fumes after lacquering

Can be easy installed over existing sub-floors


Renewable resource

Fast growing, bamboo plant only takes 5-7 years to grow and get the require strength and durability to be used as flooring

Some manufacturers are opting for safer resins and lower formaldehyde emissions

Higher resistance to moisture, though not waterproof

Easy to maintain & clean

99% resilient against infestation


Disadvantages of Choosing Bamboo Flooring are:

Not everyone likes the appearance of the bamboo pattern throughout the boards

Horizontal &Vertical is softer than some of the traditional hardwoods

Colour is unique and there you will not get a comparable match with other traditional hardwoods

If your product is not purchased from a reputable supplier you may have flooring issues after installation


Therefore it is important to consider your options in regards to choosing a bamboo floor or not.  However in the scheme of things, you cannot ignore that bamboo flooring has become a sensible choice.  From its general easy maintenance, to its durability and appearance this option is only going to increase in its popularity.

Simply Bamboo is a Perth Western Australian owned and family operated company established in 2004. Which prides itself on producing cutting edge solid bamboo furniture and specialising in the supply and installation of bamboo flooring

Article from

11 June 2011

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