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Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons

Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons

Bamboo is becoming an increasingly popular choice for flooring but in this post we will try to answer as many key questions as we can and will hopefully help you decide ‘Is bamboo flooring right for me?’

How is bamboo flooring made?

There are different techniques for different floor finishes. For our strand flooring the process begins when the bamboo grass is harvested, then cut, stripped and shredded into fine fibre strands. The fibres are then woven together and compressed under extreme heat and with high pressure. This process makes the most of the naturally high tensile strength of the bamboo to leave you with a floor that is up to four times harder than oak.

Where is bamboo flooring made?

The vast majority of strand woven flooring is manufactured in China as the grass is indigenous to the region. 

How is bamboo flooring installed?

The installation process is very similar to hardwood or laminate in that planks are normally installed as a floating floor over underlay and require an expansion gap around the full perimeter to allow the floor to contract and expand with temperature changes. For larger floor areas using herringbone or parquet laying patterns, you may wish to consider sticking the planks to the subfloor with an appropriate adhesive. 

How long do bamboo floors last?

This will of course depend on how well you look after your floor but lifespans can range from 20 to up to 50 years!

Is Bamboo flooring waterproof? Can it get wet?

The floor will be naturally resistant to moisture, however standing water or puddles can stain your floor so spills etc should be cleaned up as soon as possible.

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Can you fit bamboo flooring in a bathroom?

No, this flooring is not suitable for bathrooms

Can you fit bamboo flooring in a kitchen?

Yes, strand woven flooring makes a great kitchen floor but because the floor will contract and expand with temperature changes it is important the kitchen units be fitted first with the new planks fitted as a floating floor around them so it is free to move.

Will bamboo flooring scratch easily?

No! It is incredibly durable and more scratch resistant than comparable hardwoods and less likely to dent from impact as well. Of course it is still possible to scratch the flooring but it should not happen easily.

Will bamboo flooring warp?

The flooring can warp if exposed to high levels of damp/moisture or standing water. Care should be taken to ensure these factors are kept to a minimum before, during and after the installation of your floor.

Which bamboo flooring is the best?

Strand woven bamboo is inherently stronger and more durable than solid bamboo alternatives and can be considered the most suitable for high traffic areas like hallways or areas like kitchens where there may be more temperature changes, things being dropped or spilled etc.

Can bamboo flooring be refinished/sanded?

Yes, you can refinish the floor in a similar way to a hardwood floor but with the same considerations. A replacement top finish will be needed and if applicable the appropriate stain.

Can bamboo flooring be used with underfloor heating?

Yes, this flooring can be used over underfloor heating. Where possible, a lower tog underlay should be used to ensure the most efficient use of the system.

How do you clean bamboo floors?

Remove loose dirt with a soft bristle broom. If using a mop ensure it is only damp and make efforts to dry any excess moisture left on the floor. You can wash a the floor with a gentle non abrasive cleaner but do not use detergents or abrasive cleaners as these will damage the finish. When using a vacuum cleaner, remember to use the “bare floor” setting and disengage the beater bar to avoid damaging the floor. Never use ammonia or bleach to clean your flooring as this will permanantly damage the finish. Steam mops suitable for this type of floor.

Is bamboo flooring suitable for dogs?

Yes, it is a great choice of flooring for dog owners due to its durability and scratch resistance. Having said that, efforts should still be made to ensure claws are kept well trimmed and any ‘accidents’ are cleaned up as soon as possible.

Is bamboo sustainable? Is Bamboo eco-friendly?

Absolutely! Bamboo is both sustainable and eco-friendly as it is a naturally occurring fibre that will biodegrade without contributing to landfill. Technically a grass, bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet growing up to 35 inches a day! This means it is an easily sustained crop to harvest and causes minimal environmental impact. As a natural fibre, bamboo flooring is classed as VOC free or Ultra Low VOC as little or no chemical additions are required during the manufacturing process.

How much does bamboo flooring cost?

Prices for strand woven flooring are slightly less than comparable hard wood products. Our strand woven planks cost £38 per m/2 while the herringbone strand is available at £50 per m/2.

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, please get in touch and we will do our best to find the answer for you!

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