Bamboo floors are quite popular. There are many who love the idea of a natural flooring option. At the same time, there are many who don’t like bamboo floors. Whether or not you should consider bamboo flooring at your property will certainly depend on your personal preference but you should also consider the advantages and disadvantages.
Here’s the bamboo flooring pros and cons that should allow you to make an informed decision.
1. Bamboo is a natural product and it is thus environment friendly. Bamboo is a type of grass, which is natural vegetation. While there are bamboo farms and people do cultivate bamboo, it doesn’t need cultivations or managed farms. Bamboo can grow in the wild. It is also a renewable source. Unlike wood which is obtained from trees that have to be felled and they would not grow back naturally, bamboo would grow and the reserves would be replenished in a very short period of time. Bamboo plants can mature in half a decade. Even if they are two or three years old, they can be used for bamboo flooring. Hardwood trees, even if they are replenished through forestation, would take two decades or more to mature.
2. Bamboo flooring is very easy to maintain. You can sweep the floor or even vacuum it. You can also use mops or bamboo floor cleaners.
3. Bamboo is water resistant. It is not vulnerable to moist stains or warping, certainly not as much as hardwood. However, bamboos do have a degree of vulnerability to stagnated water. But that can be addressed with coatings and treatments.
4. Bamboo flooring looks very similar to hardwood floors. Since people are looking for ecologically friendly products, there are many companies that are using various technologies to make bamboo flooring look more appealing. Today, there are bamboo floor designs that look more aesthetic and elegant than ordinary hardwood floors.
5. Bamboo is a considerably affordable choice. However, you should not buy very cheap quality bamboo since they will be of poor quality.
6. Bamboo floors are durable. If you choose mature bamboo which would be very hard and strong, then they can last for years.
7. Bamboo floors would have signs of ageing. This is one problem that many people get concerned about, however, it can be addressed. Scratches or discoloration on the bamboo surfaces can be refinished.
1. Bamboo floors are not comprised of the bamboo plant. You don’t use the naturally available bamboo and cut or resize it according to your needs. Manufacturers slide and shred the bamboo planks from the stalk of the plant and then the pieces are adhered together. The adhesive that is used contains volatile organic compounds. Thus, emission of volatile organic compounds is a concern. However, there are bamboo floor planks that use adhesives which do not contain much VOC.
2. Bamboo flooring is susceptible to scratches. You can clean bamboo floors and maintain them with ease but you cannot keep them in their original shape. The texture or the splendor will be damaged as time passes. Pets can easily scratch the surface of bamboo floors, high heels can cause dents and furniture can also cause considerable cosmetic damage to bamboo floors.
3. Bamboo is water resistant only to an extent. It is natural vegetation and has the tendency to absorb moisture. While bamboo resists more water than normal hardwood, it does get damaged during flooding or if there is water stagnation. Bamboo floors are also vulnerable to mold growth if there is enough moisture which is why it can never be a choice in humid conditions. High humidity or very dry conditions can lead bamboo to crack.
4. Bamboo floorings are not graded as of now. There is no standard or grading system used to rate how good or bad a particular bamboo is. Thus, when you buy bamboo floor planks, you have no one or no guide to tell you that the quality of bamboo you are looking at is good. You have to gauge the quality yourself and you would have to trust the retailer. If you are buying the planks from a reputed company, then you can trust its word or credentials. Else, you have very little factual data to rely on. You would have to go with your instinct and that might be a risk.
5. Some bamboo plants are naturally weaker and if they are used to make the planks then you would not get the same durability as is the case with harder bamboo plants. There is no way you can know what kind of bamboo plants have been used for specific planks.
6. Bamboo flooring is environment friendly but there is a flipside. Due to its popularity, manufacturers are opting for commercial cultivation of bamboo and that has lead to clearing up more natural vegetation and forests.