Eco-friendly flooring has become more common in Honolulu homes in recent years, and there are many options to choose from. Bamboo flooring may be the most popular of these for its similarity to hardwood, beautiful color variations, and ease of maintenance.
Benefits of Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo is a natural grass product and a renewable resource. A harvested bamboo plant will reach maturity again in just seven years as opposed to the 40-50 years it takes many hardwood species to regenerate. For this reason, bamboo flooring has become a favorite among homeowners that want to incorporate green building materials.
In addition to its eco-friendly status, bamboo has a similar look and feel to hardwood. It lends a clean and modern look to any room and it comes in a variety of colors and designs. Bamboo is durable and easy to maintain. It can be vacuumed or cleaned with a mild soap and mop. It can also be refinished when necessary.
Bamboo flooring is relatively inexpensive. It can be equal to or cheaper than hardwood flooring, which adds to its appeal. Homeowners that want a modern look at a reasonable price should consider bamboo flooring as an option.
Bamboo flooring is available in solid or engineered planks and is quite easy to install. While it is somewhat moisture resistant, it can still be damaged by standing water or high humidity. Homeowners should treat bamboo flooring as they would hardwoods and avoid installation in rooms that accumulate a lot of moisture, such as a bathroom or laundry room.
While bamboo is considered a durable floor coverings, is depends on the variety and quality of the materials. Natural bamboo is light in color and very hard with twice the stability of red oak. On the other hand, carbonized bamboo is darker, softer, and more vulnerable to scratches and dents.
Finally, homeowners should know the source and manufacturing process of the bamboo flooring they select. To make bamboo flooring, the plant is shredded and pieced back together with a resin-based adhesive under high heat and pressure. This adhesive can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and impact the air quality in a home. Selecting materials that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council will ensure your bamboo flooring is in fact eco-friendly.
Contact our team at Floor Coverings International Oahu for a free in-home consultation to learn more about bamboo and all your eco-friendly flooring options!
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