When it comes to choosing a sustainable material, bamboo tops the list to many environmentally friendly individuals. With the growing awareness of keeping the environment safe, manufacturers using bamboo as source material are now growing in numbers and various products have been produced to date including those popular bamboo floors of today. Being made from bamboo, bamboo floors are obviously eco-friendly. However, before you finally decide, below are bamboo flooring pros and cons.
The Pros of Bamboo Floors
Eco-friendly – it has been long known that bamboo is a highly renewable source of material. It can completely mature within as short as three to five years. Even though bamboo is as durable as hardwood, it incomparably matures shorter than hardwood that matures in twenty years time or more.
Easy to Maintain – maintaining bamboo floors is dead easy. You just do the regular sweeping or vacuum it on a regular basis and you will enjoy a good looking, shiny bamboo floors at all times. Occasional mopping with damp cloth or cleaning it using non-wax, non-alkaline cleanser will also keep the beauty of a bamboo floor.
Water Resistant – compared to hardwood, bamboo floors are more resistant to water damage, stains, and warping. However, one should take this as a concern though.
Natural – with the importance of using natural materials in the manufacturing and construction industry nowadays, using bamboo is generally an advantage.
Price – bamboo floors are priced almost similar to hardwood floors. In fact, some are priced at two to eight dollars per square foot. However, it is not advisable to take on those extremely cheap materials, as they sometimes come with low quality.
Style – when it comes to beauty and style, bamboo is of no doubt a stylish, elegant and trendy. If you have not tried one yet, bamboo floors elevate the elegance of any space the moment it is installed. It looks just as stylish and elegant as hardwood floors but obviously different and distinct.
The Cons of Bamboo Floors
VOC Emission – before one can enjoy the beauty of bamboo floors, the process requires slicing or shredding bamboo stalks and putting it back together to create bamboo planks with the help of heat, pressure, and resin based adhesive.
Prone to Scratches – even though we all know that bamboo is easy to maintain, keeping it perfectly looking good as it use to is very hard. Various things can cause nasty scratches to a beautiful bamboo floor including high heels, pet claws, and more.Advertisement