Eco forest bamboo flooring: our guide to the pros and cons
The chosen flooring for your home is of paramount importance to complete your interior decor scheme. Striking the right balance of distinctive, sophisticated style, while being ecologically conscious has popularised the use eco forest bamboo flooring in recent times.
In a bid to assist you in making an informed decision about whether or not this flooring is suitable for you, we have compiled some facts to be aware.
Advantages and disadvantages of eco forest bamboo flooring
Reasons to consider bamboo flooring
- Sustainability: bamboo is considered a type of grass that is one of the fastest growing plant species in the world. Therefore the regeneration process of reaching full maturity is more than 5 times faster than with hardwood trees.
- Eco-friendly: when the bamboo shoots are cut down, the root remains intact allowing it to keep producing new shoots which ensures a more economical and ecological farming model.
- Affordability: eco forest bamboo flooring is a wonderful natural addition to the home providing a similar appearance to traditional hardwood flooring but in some cases it can be up to 50% more cost effective than hardwood flooring.
Versatility: the variety of styles and colours the eco forest bamboo flooring comes in, give many more options to achieve the desired, elegant finish for your interior decor.
- Although it is very similar to hardwood in appearance it still contributes its own distinct personality.
- Durability: when following the correct protocol for harvesting and manufacturing, natural bamboo can reach similar durability levels as red oak wood. When the bamboo is strand woven it will be even harder.
Challenges and precautions
- Purchasing from reputable importers and brands is of paramount importance as there have been some challenges and mixed reviews with inferior bamboo from China being harvested prematurely causing a potential for chipping and cracking over time.
- Other precautions relate to moisture levels in poorly dried bamboo causing the floor boards to swell after installation or in some cases mold. Although a reputable installer has tools to measure the moisture levels in the floorboards, one should be aware that these readings have at times been inaccurate.
- The manner in which bamboo floorboards are compressed and made suitable for flooring requires use of glue. Some manufacturers use formaldehyde-based glue which is known to cause health concerns for both the fitter and those who occupy the room. Even years after installation this chemical can excrete toxic fumes into the room.
- Although eco forest bamboo flooring is more durable, it is susceptible to dents and scratches from for example high heeled shoes and furniture legs. Therefore it would be less optimal to install this materia in areas that would receive more footfall such as an entrance hallway. However, depending on the thickness of the planks they can be sanded down and recoated a few times to renew its appearance.
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