Bamboo Flooring- The Newest Hardwood Option

Hardwood Flooring!

Many people are choosing hardwood flooring due to its aesthetic appeal and its durability. Many types of hardwood flooring are available to the homeowner, including birch, cherry, exotic wood, hickory, maple, oak, pecan, and walnut. You can get engineered hardwood flooring or solid hardwood floors (the latter is usually more expensive). These floors come in high, medium, and low gloss types. The higher the gloss, the more apparent scratches and imperfections will be. There are different looks available in hardwood flooring, including distressed wood, hard-scraped wood, specialty wood, traditional wood, and parquet wood.

 

Hardwood flooring is a great alternative to tile or vinyl because it has a greater insulation quality, making it more comfortable to walk on during the colder months of the year. It is more durable than vinyl. It is easier to maintain than carpeting.

 

One lesser known type of hardwood is bamboo. Bamboo hardwood flooring is harder than pine or fir woods, but less hard than walnut or teak. It is even harder than oak, if not carbonized (a process that darkens the wood, but lowers its hardness). It still retains its qualification as being harder than pine and fir, though, if carbonized. Basically, it is a ‘middle of the road’ option for hard wood.

 

Types of Bamboo Hardwood Flooring

There are several species of bamboo available to choose from, the most common being Moso bamboo. It has gained worldwide recognition as a more green way of providing the hardwood floor look, while lessening the impact on the environment due to deforestation. Bamboo grows at a phenomenally fast rate, making it a more viable solution to hardwood floors than traditionally was available. Bamboo reaches a harvest maturity in just 3-5 years, compared to many decades for other woods.

 

Bamboo is classified as a grass, contrary to its appearance. It can also grow in many climates (the arctic and desert climates being two notable exceptions). Bamboo wood flooring is also available in engineered and solid flooring. Engineered bamboo flooring is created by melding bamboo strips to other types of wood underneath. Solid hardwood flooring is simply strips of bamboo pressed together and nailed or glued to the subfloor. This is used less commonly. Engineered bamboo flooring is stronger (it is believed) because it blends woods. It can be nailed, glued, or floated to the subfloors.

 

Consider Bamboo Today

There are many exotic ways to make your bamboo wood flooring unique in looks, including horizontal construction, vertical construction, and woven (strand-woven or stranded) bamboo construction. These techniques offer up a variety of looks that can be as traditional or as creative as you desire. You are bound to find one that you like and it is certainly worth researching more if you are thinking of installing hardwood in your home.

 

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