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- 09 Nov 2011
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Bamboo Flooring Benefits : Because it is a natural, renewable resource, bamboo flooring is considered the logical flooring choice of the future.
Bamboo is technically a grass, not a wood product, and it can be harvested every 5 years. As a result,
no forests are destroyed to make bamboo floors, and
homeowners can count on a reliable supply of products - and at stable prices - for the forseeable future.
Choosing bamboo flooring products is an environmentally and ecologically responsible choice, and they will endure
for as long as and longer than products made of hardwood.
Studies have shown that flooring made from bamboo measures up against and even exceeds the most popular,
stable and durable hardwood varieties, at a price that's about the same as that for premium wood floors.
Bamboo flooring is extremely strong, long-lasting and just plain gorgeous to look at. It's also one of the
most environmentally friendly building materials on the market today.
Bamboo flooring makers use one of the hardiest species of Chinese bamboo,
cut it into strips before drying and laminating it under pressure. The result is a flooring product that's
stronger than maple or red oak.
Bamboo flooring is installed just like hardwood tongue-and-groove flooring, either glued together or nailed down.
Bamboo flooring typically comes in 3-foot or 6-foot lengths and with or without the distinctive bamboo
'nodes' visible in the grain.
Pre-finished bamboo flooring is usually coated with urethane, but you can also buy unfinished
bamboo strips that can be sanded and finished.
Bamboo flooring comes in two colour variations - a natural blonde or a darker amber version
that is the result of the wood being smoked (or carbonized) during the drying process.
Most bamboo flooring on the market today is imported from China. Bamboo flooring is
comparable in price to premium hardwood flooring.
Carbonized Bamboo Flooring Information
When shopping through the various kinds of bamboo flooring, it is important to know the benefits and downfalls of each type of bamboo floor before making a purchase. So for that reason we are going to take a look at the pros and cons of carbonized bamboo flooring. Keep in mind in this instance that we are looking at its pros and cons compared to other types of bamboo floors. If you are interested in the pros and cons of bamboo flooring in general, check out that page of the site.
First though what is carbonized bamboo flooring? Carbonized bamboo flooring is created by using a heat intensive process (either boiling or steaming) on the pieces of bamboo before they are used to form the plank. This process brings out other colors in the bamboo besides the lighter straw-like color that most natural bamboo is seen in. This makes carbonized bamboo floors the obvious choice for a home-owner seeking a green alternative but not satisfied by the limited range of color associated with other forms of bamboo flooring. But before making that purchase, it is important to know a little more about carbonized bamboo flooring.
Which brings us to the pros and cons – let’s start with the good news first:
Pros of Carbonized Bamboo Flooring
Color is the obvious one that I already pointed out. The process of carbonization brings out deeper and richer colors in the bamboo. Whereas anyone considering bamboo flooring might have been stuck with a light color scheme that may or may not suit the rest of the colors in their house, carbonized bamboo allows the floors to be manufactured in a large range of darker browns.
It’s Green! Of course being bamboo, one of the biggest pros is that it is a green alternative. Obviously carbonized bamboo flooring is not any greener than the other types of bamboo flooring, but I still thought that this should be included here. When bought from a manufacturer that is known to be following good standards, you can rest assured that your purchase of carbonized bamboo flooring is benefiting the environment by coming from a renewable resource and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
Cons of Carbonized Bamboo Flooring (I really only came up with one)
Hardness can be more of a problem with carbonized bamboo flooring than strand woven or natural bamboo flooring. The term “carbonized” sometimes carries with it a connotation that the product will be harder. Unfortunately, in this case, that is not what happens. The process of boiling or steaming carbonized bamboo flooring actually weakens the naturally hard structure of the bamboo. If you have ever seen the process of caramelizing sugar, then you will have an idea of what is happening to the bamboo. The carbonization process alters the sugars in the bamboo which weakens the resulting carbonized bamboo flooring.
But that is not the end of the story, so do not let that stop you if you are considering carbonized bamboo flooring. The finish that is added to the outside of the carbonized bamboo flooring makes a big difference in the final durability of the product. I highly recommend finding some samples from reputable manufacturers and doing some of your own tests to compare to other hardwood samples you collect.
Why Bamboo Flooring? An Intro to Bamboo Floors
Why should you choose bamboo flooring? Well, whether you are building a new home or doing a remodeling project,
choosing the perfect flooring material is one of the biggest decisions you must make. There are many different
factors you must take into account. How much will it cost? How hard will it be to maintain? How long will it last?
How hard is it to clean? Is it easily scratched, dented, chipped, cracked, ripped, or torn?
Sometimes specific rooms of the house have their own variables to take into consideration.
If you are doing a bathroom for instance, how resistant is this material to moisture?
In the main living areas, you probably want something extra durable that will
hold up to the extra use in these areas.
Another thing to take into consideration may be the sustainability or eco-friendliness of a
particular product you are looking at. Was an entire forest clear-cut to provide the flooring in your home?
If so, how long will it take for that forest to regrow? What chemicals and toxins may have been
used in or created by the production of your flooring? What are the labor laws
like in the region this flooring was produced (I realize that isn’t technically a requirement for
eco-friendliness, but still something to keep in mind along those lines)?
One of the favorite products when people are taking these factors into account is bamboo flooring.
There has been a lot of buzz around bamboo flooring lately and this has caused many different
manufacturers to jump on the apparent economic opportunity. Not all bamboo flooring is created
equally though, and some of these companies have lowered standards in an attempt to produce a
lot of inexpensive bamboo flooring as they tap into this new and growing market. Unfortunately
the cheaper bamboo flooring is not always high quality and has begun to tarnish the image of
bamboo flooring in the eyes of many consumers. It is important to keep in mind that you
very well may be getting what you pay for if you go for the cheapest bamboo flooring.
But if you do your research to make sure the company you are purchasing through has high
quality standards and know what to expect out of the product you are purchasing, then
I am confident you will be pleased with your new bamboo flooring. And the best part about
this is that I am here to help you in the research process. In the pages of this website,
I will let you in on both the pros and cons of bamboo flooring.
Perk Up Your Home with Bamboo Laminate Flooring
Home design trends regularly change over time. This decade saw a growing preference for eco-friendly
and green homes being built as most people have grown more conscious of protecting the environment
by using less energy in homes and more renewable resources. However cost of going green often poses a challenge to the average family. Renewable materials such as bamboo flooring are more expensive than other flooring options like bamboo laminate flooring.
Bamboo Flooring Properties
Bamboo flooring may be made of real bamboo plywood or bamboo laminate flooring.
Bamboo plywood is made of bamboo slats mostly from a variety of bamboo called moso.
Mature bamboo grows up to 40 feet in height and is normally harvest in 4 to 5 years.
Bamboo slats out of these matured bamboo are glued together to form the standard plywood dimension.
Bamboo laminate flooring on the other hand is made of melamine resin and fiberboard coated
with photographic appliqué to make it look more like the real bamboo floor.
Advantages of Bamboo Laminate Flooring
Bamboo laminate flooring is more affordable and more durable than some bamboo floorings.
Because of its photographic covering, the laminates are actually more resistant to abrasions,
fading and the everyday wear and tear that real wood or bamboo may not be able to withstand.
Bamboo flooring which is made of bamboo slats glued together is more susceptible to warping or
gapping when compared to laminates. This makes the bamboo laminate flooring a more
likely choice for high traffic areas around the house. These laminates are also low maintenance
flooring when compared to some hardwood floors which require special care to make it last long.
Real bamboo floors may also be more costly to install that bamboo laminate flooring.
Most often, professionals are hired to install bamboo floors while laminates could be easily
installed by most home owners.
Where to Find Bamboo Laminate Flooring
Most flooring specialty or home stores offer a wide selection of laminate floorings in the stores.
These laminates could come in various sizes and designs which are all patterned to look like the real bamboo.
Compared to bamboo plywood which is most often pre-ordered because of its high cost,
bamboo laminate flooring is readily available in your preferred specialty store.
Based on several factors mentioned above relating to cost, durability and susceptibility to wear and tear,
bamboo laminate flooring is clearly the leading choice in flooring options. Incorporating bamboo
in designing you home not only makes your home more attractive, it is also an environmentally