Benefits of Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo flooring, quite unique to the oriental culture, is commonly used as the flooring for native houses in China, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, etc. In recent times it has become more popular among interior decorators, both due to its aesthetic value and its durability. Bamboo, basically a grass is a sustainable resource and is considered more durable than timber due to its flexibility. At the same time it is hard and is considered a strong building material. Bamboo flooring is soon becoming popular in the Pacific and other regions due to its innumerable benefits.
Bamboo is considered a renewable resource as it replenishes very fast compared to timber and other wood used for construction. Timber takes between 15 to 20 years to attain maturity, however, bamboo grows to maturity within 3 to 5 years, making it the perfect construction and flooring material.
Every type of flooring requires maintenance at frequent intervals. The extent of maintenance work would depend on the type of flooring. However, some flooring material requires lesser maintenance than others, and bamboo flooring belongs to this category. Bamboo floors once cured withstand the elements of nature, heavy traffic, and usage much better than most other floors. The refinishing required is also less frequent as compared to other floors. Also bamboo flooring is less affected by temperature changes making it more durable.
One of the reasons for the fast-gaining popularity of bamboo flooring is the ease of installation. One of the popular methods of bamboo flooring is the floating floor method of installation. In this method the mitered sections of the planks are interconnected in a pattern to create an adhesive-less floor installation. Also installing bamboo flooring requires much less preparatory work compared to most other floors as it can be installed over most surfaces.
Bamboo flooring costs vary depending on the finish, grade, material, etc. However, it still works out to be more economical than most other flooring material, especially when the overall cost is considered over the long term. Another factor that adds to the cost-saving factor is the cost of installation that is saved through self-installation.
One of the greatest attraction factors of bamboo flooring is the style factor. Bamboo floorings are available in different hues and colors making it suitable for any dÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™’Â©cor. It is also available in different finishes of matte, gloss, and semi-gloss, further adding to the wide choice of looks and style. These factors also give bamboo an added advantage over most of the traditional flooring material.
Bamboo is an easily available material both in fields and in the market. Bamboo is also widely cultivated now due to its increasing usage in construction. Every home dÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™’Â©cor and home improvement centre stocks bamboo due to its growing demand. Further the shoots and leaves of bamboo make good animal feed making it an environment-friendly material.
Thus, bamboo flooring is one material that can keep the builder, the customer, and the environmentalist happy.