Bamboo is one of the most popular trends for modern flooring options. But is it worth all the side effects? There are 3 things to consider when thinking of bamboo flooring: where it came from, susceptibility to water damage, and environmental impact. So let’s jump in.
Because bamboo is a grass, not wood, it’s also more susceptible to water and humidity damage than other floors. It’s not suitable for areas where humidity can be high. Low to medium quality floors also scratch more easily and are much more noticeable than in other hardwood floors.
Where it came from
For bamboo floors, the quality depends greatly on the source. Because there is no industry-wide grading system, you must look more carefully at the sources than you would for other flooring options. You will regret going cheap with bamboo floors because these companies are often overseas, and bamboo made cheaply is not very durable at all. When you buy your floor, make sure you have a substantial warranty.
Bamboo itself is a versatile renewable resource which can and should replace wood as we move towards a more environmentally conscious economy. However, because you would be buying these floors from overseas, and because there is not an industry-wide grading system, the carbon footprint that comes from importing and creating the adhesive could cancel out the environmental benefit of using bamboo. If you want environmentally friendly floors, you want to make sure the company is certified by the Forestry Steward Council.
Bamboo flooring is unique and trendy. It’s a wonderful option if you want to be environmentally conscious and want to give your home a modern look.
It is possible to get bamboo flooring that works for you, that’s durable, environmentally friendly, easy to clean and refinish. But you need to do the extra work in researching the right buy, the right warranty, and considering the effects of carbon footprint. If you’re willing to do that work, then bamboo can look wonderful on your home and it will be well worth the effort.