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
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 articlesbase.com
11 June 2011