Friday, December 30, 2011

The Sleek and Shiny World of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is a popular choice for many home owners these days. The ease of owning this type of flooring, combined with the cost-effectiveness and attractiveness are big incentives for many people to go bamboo. Also, many people adore this product for the durability.
Bamboo flooring is typically comes in three types: solid, engineered or strand. Solid is just as the name implies - made from a solid piece of bamboo. Engineered is a more sturdy product that has a wood base to it. Strand flooring is made from shredded fibers pressed together. Each type has different characteristics and uses to it.
Manufactured from the bamboo plant, the majority of this product comes directly from China and Asia. It looks very similar to hardwood flooring; however, it is not technically wood. The hardness of bamboo ranges from 1180 to 2350. The higher the number the more durable and harder the material is. The manufacturing of this product varies but the most common practice is to cut bamboo stems as thin and flat as possible.
Many people prefer this product as opposed to hardwood floors because it is so durable. This type of flooring is reported to be water resistant. It is a great option for homeowners who have children and therefore are prone to spills and messes. Whereas hardwoods are not strong enough to be placed in kitchens and bathrooms due to moisture, bamboo can be used in these areas because moisture should not be an issue.
Another drawback to hardwoods are they are very prone to easily scratch and dent. I have hardwood floors in my home and have dented them due to wearing high heels. I love both types of flooring but think in the future I may look towards bamboo. Promoters and fans of this product state they are not easily scratched or dented. They are also reported to be UV resistant and will not be damaged by harsh rays of sun.
Choosing something like flooring is a big decision when owning a home. Typically it is a decision that will last a life time and one that should not be taken lightly. While researching on the internet I came across many rave reviews about this type of flooring. When looking to make a purchase it is always wise to seek the opinion of a non-biased professional who can assist with installation and maintenance of this product.
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