ON THE RISE: BAMBOO FLOORING
For many of us, when we hear the term bamboo flooring, a tropical bungalow comes to mind. I have seen a recent rise in the installation of bamboo floors and not in beach-side bungalows, but instead in urban homes. The craziest part is that most of the time you can’t tell bamboo apart from hardwood and there are a number of benefits to having bamboo versus wood.
The first, and probably most noteworthy benefit, is that bamboo is an environmentally sustainable material. While it takes trees about 50 years to grow and mature, it takes bamboo about 5 – not to mention, bamboo is able to regenerate itself after cutting. The cost of bamboo flooring is, on average, less than hardwood making it a more affordable option in most cases and there’s so many choices in type, color and finish now making it a versatile material in achieving different aesthetics.
It’s definitely important to know the types of bamboo flooring: engineered, solid and strand-woven – as they each have different levels of durability and looks. Out of the three types, strand-woven is the most durable and looks the least like traditional bamboo – with this option, bamboo is shredded and then compressed with adhesives. With engineered bamboo, the bamboo is horizontally cut which gives it a distinct bamboo-look like the stems have been flattened – this is the least durable option. Solid bamboo flooring consists of solid pieces of bamboo that have been glued together and is typically stronger than engineered with a thin stripe appearance (source).
Here’s a few of my favorite bamboo floor looks that show the versatility of the material.
If you think bamboo floors could be right for you, I’ve listed some of my favorites over on the Flooring Inc. blog. Flooring Inc. has some beautiful options that encompass a variety of styles – everything from a white-washed wood look to a rustic, distressed wood look.
What are your thoughts on bamboo floors?