As beautiful and popular as hardwood flooring is, many are choosing bamboo flooring as an alternative. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also an environmentally friendly type of home flooring. Many major manufacturers such as Columbia Flooring, Mohawk Flooring and Armstrong Flooring all carry some type of bamboo product for your floors.
Next to steel, bamboo is one of the strongest flooring products. Even stronger than some wood flooring, its durability makes it the perfect choice for your floor. It’s more comfortable on your feet than stone flooring and stronger than linoleum. The density, feel and weight of bamboo is similar to real hardwood flooring.
You have your choice of using an engineered product or solid bamboo. Engineered bamboo is combined with another type of wood, usually a bamboo surface with a core of plywood. You can then stain the bamboo with a coat of urethane as you would with hardwood floor. Bamboo flooring is installed in the same way as hardwood floors, either nailed or glued to the subfloor. You can also get some of the newer versions that lock together like tongue and groove. This eliminates the nailing and gluing and gives a “floating floor” appearance.
It’s important that the subfloor is level before you begin the installation. If it isn’t level, you can use asphalt shingles to make it level. The subfloor needs to be clean and completely dry as moisture may damage your new floor.
Besides the beauty and ease of bamboo, many are choosing to use bamboo as a means to help the environment. We’re all being made aware of the depletion of hardwood products. Many of these woods such as walnut and oak trees do not grow fast enough to keep up with the “supply and demand”. As a way to save our natural resources such as wood, many environmentally conscious people are choosing to use alternatives such as bamboo. Bamboo, unlike hardwood, grows faster than any other tree used in the manufacture of wood flooring. It only takes five years for a bamboo plant to mature. Even when they’re harvested, new shoots begin to grow quickly.
Bamboo floor is very easy to maintain, needing only dusting and mopping. A cleaning solution consisting of 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar does an excellent job of cleaning with a damp sponge mop. The floor needs to be dried immediately with a towel so the moisture doesn’t damage the bamboo. Simple spills can be wiped with a damp cloth and dried immediately. To keep the floor looking shiny, you can buff it with a buff sander. Your bamboo floor will look new for many years with proper care.