If you’re looking to redo the flooring in your Sammamish home, it’s important to weigh all of the options before making a final choice. Looking for something that is going to be durable, easy to care for, stand the test of time, and look great? Rather than wood or laminate, take a look at a bamboo flooring instead. There are many benefits to using bamboo as flooring in your home.
Bamboo is not just a novelty item that has no real benefits; quite to the contrary, there are several benefits bamboo flooring has over other types of flooring in sammamish.
Durability is essential when it comes to flooring. While it may not be your initial thought when you think of bamboo flooring, bamboo floors are extremely strong and durable. Natural and un-carbonized bamboo, when harvested and manufactured properly, can be as durable as using red oak as flooring in your home.
After durability, the next thing you’re probably looking for is a flooring that looks good. Bamboo is in style and has the potential to elevate the look of your Sammamish home. The appearance and feel of bamboo flooring is similar to hardwood, but sets itself apart from standard hardwood floors.
Bamboo only takes three to five years to grow to maturity, while hardwood trees can take at least 20 years.
The use of natural materials in the construction industry is becoming more popular, and consumers are demanding more and more products that reflect this. Bamboo flooring is a great choice that many people love because it helps to express their own personality.
The price of bamboo flooring is comparable to hardwood flooring, so you don’t need to worry about having more expense in this area. Most bamboo flooring ranges from about $2 to $8 per square foot.
Just as with hardwood flooring, water damage is still a concern with bamboo floors. However, bamboo flooring is slightly more water resistant than hardwood, and also resists warping, damage, and stains better.
Bamboo flooring is low maintenance. All it takes is simple daily cleaning in order to keep it in great condition. Tiny particles of sand and dirt can dig down into the floor’s finish and cause dents and scratches, but by regularly sweeping high traffic areas you can keep on top of these problems.
Depending on the look you are trying to achieve with your flooring, there are three different options for bamboo.
Horizontal bamboo is done with the planks placed next to one another in a horizontal direction. They are attached this way before they are pressurized and finished. They are also done randomly displaying the knuckles of the stalk. When you choose this option, you will have the look closest to bamboo as it is in nature.
This option is made the same way as horizontal bamboo, except that the planks are placed vertically. There is a more uniform appearance to this grain, but it still maintains the feel of bamboo.
When you mix and press the remaining strands of bamboo stalk together, you get strand-woven bamboo. This strand is twice as hard as either horizontal or vertical bamboo because you have the addition of an adhesive to help compress the strands together.
While you may think that when it comes to bamboo your color options are limited, however, there are actually five different options to choose from.
This is probably what you think of when it comes to bamboo flooring. It is a versatile blonde color, which makes it easy to use with different home decor and furnishings in your Sammamish home.
Just as if you were using hardwood, bamboo can also be stained to better match pieces in your home. There are a variety of options, from light to dark, to choose from.
When you leave the sugars in the wood to caramelize and darken, you get carbonized bamboo flooring. This creates a rich and warm look; just beware that this process does often soften the wood and make it more susceptible to dings and scratches.
Tiger bamboo is one of the more unique types. It is created when natural and carbonized bamboo are pressed together.
Just like you can do with vinyl or laminate, you can have other wood grain and coloring images applied to the surface of your bamboo planks. Contact us today to discuss the installation of bamboo flooring in your Sammamish home today!