Bamboo is considered as a grass instead of a tree. It grows more quickly than most types of hardwood. Because of this similar quality to hardwood, bamboo flooring has become an alternative for flooring. Bamboo flooring is known for its durability and strength along with its resistance to insects. The material is also known to be ‘eco friendly’.
Bamboo is liked by environmentalists because it requires very little pesticides and fertilizers. During the manufacturing process of bamboo flooring, many by products are dumped into local rivers and streams because of which it is very essential for consumers to buy bamboo from a reputable manufacturer. So far, the two top manufacturers of bamboo flooring are Teragren and Ecotimber.
Bamboo flooring faces a number of problems as well. One of the problems faced by bamboo flooring is that bamboos are transported from countries that don’t have many regulations. This also is one of the reasons why consumers have to choose well reputed companies before buying bamboo flooring. Consumers should check whether the product comes up to the standards that are set by the Federal Stewardship Council. Bamboo that is older than two years should be chosen as the best bamboo is harvested every five or six years.
Bamboo flooring has an advantage over hardwood flooring as it performs well in areas that are exposed to water as it is water and stain resistant and is harder than hardwood and even scratch resistant because of which floors are easy to clean and maintain. It is even easy to use a mop on floors with bamboo flooring.
It is very important to have a good floor installer to install bamboo flooring as at times it may be difficult to float a bamboo floor. Hence these are the points that should be kept in mind before buying a bamboo floor.