Q: What are the pluses and minuses of bamboo floors?
I am thinking of putting bamboo floors into my condo. I'm excited about these floors because of the sustainability of the wood. However, I’m concerned about the durability and the longevity from a style standpoint. In 5 to 10 years, when I sell my place, is someone going to walk in and say that these floors look beat or dated? I would love to get a hardwood floor professional's opinion.
Bamboo can last just as long as other hardwood options- the most important things to remember when longevity is a concern are the same things that affect traditional hardwoods:
- Area/throw rugs & mats are recommended in high traffic and spill prone areas (i.e. under sink in kitchen).
- Proper floor protectors under furniture will help reduce the risk of indentation by distributing weight. For furniture that will be moved often, protectors made of carpet or felt are recommended to help prevent scrapes and scratches.
- Stiletto or spike heel shoes will cause denting and damage to your floor, even when worn by a slight person.
- Finally, up keeping the finish of the wood is important. Hardwood products are available to restore the finish and to smooth out years of wear.
Natural bamboo is harder than its carbonized counterparts, because of the way the staining process affects the material. Strand/woven bamboo is denser than traditional bamboo, because of the way it's manufactured, but it has a distinct difference in appearance from natural vertical & horizontal bamboo flooring.
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