History Of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring first originated in Asia and specifically in China. There are many countries in South East Asia and East Asia that use bamboo flooring as a primary flooring material for homes. Eventually, bamboo flooring became popular throughout the Western world as well, as people began to recognize bamboo as a viable flooring alternative to hardwood with a variety of additional benefits to be enjoyed by the homeowner. Bamboo floors are now fairly common throughout the world with most imports coming directly from mainland China.

The advantages of bamboo flooring

Bamboo flooring has a number of advantages that make it desirable as a simple flooring surface. Bamboo floors are easy to obtain because bamboo is an easily renewable bio-material. Bamboo grows a lot faster than hardwood like oak or walnut, and as such it is very easy to produce in controlled circumstances. Additionally, the way that bamboo is processed to be used as flooring in Western countries results in a considerable amount of material hardness which ensures a durable flooring surface that can last for a very long time without suffering material degradation. It is also a lot less expensive than other types of hardwood floors because much larger quantities of the material can be grown and processed in a shorter amount of time.

Caring for bamboo flooring

It is important to take care of your bamboo floors if you want to ensure maximum life. Try to have your bamboo flooring covered with a new layer of varnish every 2 to 3 years, to ensure that it receives adequate protection from dirt and moisture buildup. Bamboo floors tend to have a controlled moisture content of 8-10% after undergoing a rigid drying process in the manufacturing stage, so you should not have much trouble maintaining a thoroughly dry floor if you take care to ensure it stays dry and well protected with varnish.

It is also a good idea to take steps to avoid getting your bamboo floor scratched. Bamboo flooring and other types of hardwood flooring are generally a lot more susceptible to visible scratching than concrete or granite floors. As such, consider keeping your bamboo flooring outfitted with a soft carpet that will help to minimize any impact that might scratch the bamboo.

Where to purchase bamboo flooring

There are many good manufacturers of bamboo flooring throughout Canada. What usually happens in the manufacturing process is that bamboo (usually Moso bamboo) is imported from mainland China and when it arrives at the manufacturing facility a wide range of processing methods are applied to build thin strips of flattened bamboo flooring. Bamboo can be carbonized to achieve a darker color if this is desired, so you should be able to find a variety of different textures and bamboo grains. Major manufacturers of bamboo flooring that you might want to look into include:

  • Greenleaf Bamboo
  • Dansk Hardwood
  • K&M Silkroad
  • Anderson
  • Armstrong
  • Kraus
  • Shnier
  • Mohawk

Thorough research into the above mentioned brand names as well as others will help you to reach a reasonable conclusion regarding which floors should be purchased and installed in your home.

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