Bananas for Bamboo: The Top 8 Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is the overachiever of the plant world, fast-growing and easy to harvest. Some species can grow up to 91 cm per day. 

It’s no wonder that the clothing, architecture and bamboo flooring industries are going bananas for bamboo.

Read more about what makes bamboo so awesome.

1. Bamboo Flooring Is Eco-Friendly and Sustainable

Being fast-growing means that farmers can harvest bamboo crops faster. Bamboo reaches maturity within five years and keeps growing afterward. This means less fossil-fuel-guzzling machinery to replant crops of bamboo.

The plants need few, if any, chemical fertilizers throughout their growing season. 

You can check for the Forest Stewardship Council stamp of approval if you want to be sure that you are buying sustainable bamboo products. 

2.  Durable and Strong

Bamboo may grow fast, but once it’s turned into a floor it ages slowly. You can expect your bamboo floor to last for at least 20 years — and it comes with a warranty.

Strength-wise, bamboo floors are comparable to oak. Strand-woven bamboo is twice as strong as its oak counterpart.

These factors make this type of floor ideal for home and business high-traffic areas.

3. Immune to Temperature Extremes

Bamboo is dimensionally stable which means it won’t warp due to extreme temperatures and humidity.

It’s the perfect choice for rooms with substantial amounts of glazing. Some types of bamboo floors are also suitable for use with underfloor heating or for fitting over any kind of sub-floor. 

4. Bamboo Flooring Costs Less

The quick-to-harvest and minimal maintenance aspects of bamboo mean it costs less to produce. 

You can get a beautiful bamboo floor surface installed for a fraction of the cost of hardwood flooring. The result is just as luxurious and attractive as the more expensive options. 

5. Attractive Colors and Styles

Bamboo floor materials come in three different styles. These are vertical, horizontal, and strand-woven. Each of these has its own unique look and feel.

You can also choose from several colors. These vary from the natural golden light wood tones of bamboo in its original state to a dark coffee shade and everything in between. 

There are also several different finishes available, as follows:

  • Satin-matte
  • Matte 
  • UV protection
  • Anti-slip lacquer
  • Anti-scratch lacquer

If you can’t decide between all these options, ask a professional to help you choose the best floor for your living spaces.

6. Easy Installation

Not only is bamboo easy on the eye and the pocket, but it’s also super-simple to install.

Bamboo floorboards are usually nailed, screwed, or glued to a subfloor, or floated over an underlay. Some types come with a click system for even easier and quicker installation.  

7. Easy to Maintain

Sweep your bamboo floors once a day with a soft bristle brush and clean them with a pH neutral floor spray once a week and you’re done.

There’s no polishing or buffing required to keep your floors in great shape. Make sure you wipe up any spills immediately to prevent stains. 

8. Hygienic Properties of Bamboo

Like most wood flooring, bamboo is resistant to dust, grime, mold, and pet hair.

If you suffer from allergies, it’s a good idea to rip up your carpets and invest in a sustainable wood floor.

Need to Know More?

For more information on bamboo flooring, read our flooring reviews or get in touch with us to talk about your needs.

If you prefer more traditional flooring options, we can help with those too!

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