Why Is Bamboo Flooring Used

Many different types of flooring are currently available on the market, and bamboo flooring is one of them that has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. If you are looking to outfit your home with a stylish interior design that looks slightly oriental in nature, then bamboo flooring could be a good option for you. There are numerous benefits to bamboo flooring that you could take advantage of. It is a relatively inexpensive and highly renewable material for home flooring that is available in different textures and styles as well.

A quick history of bamboo flooring

Bamboo has been used in the construction and design of homes for thousands of years in China. It is used popularly in furniture design as well as baskets, instruments, and many other items. Bamboo was not so popular throughout the Western world until recent times, where it is now being used quite frequently for home flooring as well as furniture. Bamboo is highly desirable by Western manufacturers because it is easy to import and renew depleted resources (bamboo is likely the fastest growing natural material for flooring currently available). It takes 15-20 years for many hardwoods to reach full maturation, while a bamboo plant reaches full maturation within less than 5 years.

A buying guide for bamboo flooring

Starting out with bamboo flooring might not be easy for homeowners who are unfamiliar with it. The good news is that bamboo flooring manufacturers are widely available throughout Canada. Before you do set out to purchase any bamboo flooring in particular, you might want to familiarize yourself with the various processing methods that are used in the manufacturing of various bamboos for flooring in homes. For example, formaldehyde is a chemical considered to be quite dangerous to human health, yet it is often used in the processing of various bamboo floors. Taking the time to distinguish between the brands that use formaldehyde and the ones that don't might therefore be important to you.

Here are some tips for buying bamboo flooring:

  • Take your time to do research on the manufacturer. For example, some lower tier manufacturers of bamboo flooring market their floors as being "natural" and "environmentally friendly", but do not mention to customers that there are a variety of chemicals used in floor processing.
  • Look into various brands or retailers. By looking into more options it will be easier for you to find the best prices.
  • Check to see if the bamboo flooring company will be able to assist you with installation, or if you will have to hire someone to install your bamboo flooring for you.
  • Pay attention to detail and try to learn more about the processing that was used for your bamboo flooring. You might also want to consider the type of bamboo that was used (most bamboo flooring manufacturers rely on Mosu bamboo most commonly).
  • If you put in the effort to do your research, you will eventually end up with an attractive bamboo floor.
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