There certainly is a steady increase in the number of people who are patronizing bamboo flooring in preference to hardwood flooring. Increasing awareness of the benefits of using bamboo is contributing to its popularity. China is the home for most of this flooring material. Though, it is also there in the U.S. and parts of Europe.
As more and more people get conscious of environments they want to contribute in their own way towards maintaining healthier environments and opting for bamboo flooring is a step in the right direction. Bamboo is classified as a grass and compared to other trees it regenerates itself very quickly. Carefully harvested bamboo has little impact on environments.
Bamboo is a kind of wood with characteristics that are somewhat different to hardwood. For one, bamboo flooring is known to be more durable than hardwood flooring. Another advantage is that it’s not so easily damaged by water and moisture, unlike hardwood flooring that tends to buckle or develops cracks on being wet. This kind of flooring derives its durability from the lamination process it’s subjected to. The adhesive used for its making and the pressure at which it is applied govern its durability.
Further, it has better scratch resisting properties than hardwood flooring. And last but no the least, bamboo flooring is economical than hardwood flooring, which is a motivating factor for its users.
Having said about the beneficial characteristics of this material for flooring, let’s come to installation. It offers very simple installation that you may do yourself. Like most of the other floorings, this also uses the tongue and groove kind of design for being installed. Though, you have to take the precaution of giving it time to get acclimated to its place of installation. That means, before you really get down to its installation, you have to leave it flat on your floor for three to four days enabling it get used to its new environments. Such acclimatization helps avoiding warping of the material.
And, finally let’s look at its maintenance. It’s not much of an effort to clean a bamboo floor. It should be swept regularly and once in a while you may use a damp mop for the purpose. That prevents the floor from acquiring dull looks. As with any other floor, you may make use of rugs that protect the floor by collecting all the dirt and dust and reduce wear and tear. Though resistant to scratches, this flooring may yet develop scratches over prolonged use. So, again like any other flooring, bamboo flooring too needs your attention if you want to keep it shining and good looking.