Pros and cons of bamboo flooring

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Bamboo is becoming a good option for flooring. The majority of today’s bamboo flooring products originate in China and other portions of Asia. Moso bamboo is the species most commonly used for flooring. Although it’s typically referred to as a hardwood flooring, bamboo is actually a grass that’s highly processed to produce flooring and other home improvement products.

All bamboo flooring is engineered, meaning the strands of grass are sliced and shredded, then pressed back together with heat and glues to form the flooring boards.
Bamboo is naturally light in color – a process called carbonization normally darken the surface. Carbonized bamboo flooring is softer than natural bamboo.
The cost of bamboo flooring can vary from $3 to $5 per square foot, a little bit cheaper than most common hardwood flooring types. Pro installation adds another $3 to $5 per square foot.
 
If you’re concerned, look for bamboo flooring products from companies that have been certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) for their harvesting and manufacturing practices.

Bamboo Flooring Pros:

  • Top-quality bamboo brands are durable as traditional hardwood flooring. However, not all bamboo flooring is created equal. Look for flooring with a substantial warranty.
  • Bamboo flooring has a contemporary look.
  • Properly finished bamboo flooring cleans easily with a mop and mild soap.
  • They are water resistant
  • You can choose more engineered floors that can be very similar to hardwood flooring

Bamboo Flooring Cons:

  • Take care of inexpensive bamboo flooring: they are susceptible to scratches and dings.
  • Some bamboo flooring absorbs water and is susceptible to damage from water and excessive humidity.
  • Bamboo flooring is limited to a few tonal shades.

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