Bamboo has been highly regarded as a sustainable and ideal flooring solution mostly because of its strength and abundance. However as ancient and mystical, this mighty grass is, there are some things that need to be set straight when it comes to bamboo flooring.
Here are some common misconceptions about this tough grass:
Myth #1: There are limited options in bamboo flooring.
Variations in bamboo flooring come in different ways, from the available design options and shades as well as the type of installation – nailed, glued or floated. There are also variations in plank sizes that allows you to get creative.
Myth #2: Bamboo flooring is frail and easy to damage.
This is wholly untrue because as frail and flexible the bamboo shoots seem like, the sturdier they are. Bamboo, the plant does not resist the wind. Instead it sways and flexes with it without breaking.
Further, processed bamboo flooring ranks high in the Janka Hardness Scale having tensile strength that not only rivals but exceeds some of the most common hardwood flooring used at homes and commercial establishments.
Myth #3: Bamboo flooring is expensive.
This would depend on the brand or product specification. However, most bamboo flooring available are reasonably priced and in general costs less than most commonly used hardwood floors and certainly cheaper than natural stone tiles.
Myth #4: Bamboo is flooring difficult to manage.
This is not true at all. Since bamboo is harder than hardwoods, you worry less about it getting scratched or dented. It also works well with wet and dry weather and has a great tolerance of moisture.
It requires basic sweeping and wiping, occasional wax and depending on your finish and flooring’s thickness, staining and refinishing might be optional. However bamboo flooring is quite durable so, with proper maintenance, this will not be necessary anytime soon.
Myth #5: Bamboo is flooring not green.
For the most part, some people against the use of bamboo flooring says that the transportation of the materials from warmer areas and the far east burns excessive amounts of fuel and emits a large amount of smoke and fumes into the atmosphere. It is the means of transport that needs to be regulated and not the the manufacture of flooring itself.
In terms of sustainability, bamboo is certainly one of the most sustainable ones since bamboo shoots grow on their own without the need of farming and the plant can reach its maturity within 5-7 years unlike oak hardwood that needs another 60-80 years before it grows matured and ready for harvest.
Myth #6: Bamboo flooring is unhealthy.
Critics also claim that formaldehyde treated bamboo is associated with a wide variety of illnesses. However, illnesses can be expected if excessive amounts of these chemicals are mixed with the flooring materials. Remember that there are standards in place and that the product should have been checked before its sold. Ensure that you are getting your bamboo flooring from a reputable manufacturer.
Myth #7 Bamboo flooring is waterproof.
As mentioned earlier, bamboo is not only hard but also has a very high tolerance for water and moisture but keep in mind that like other wood-based products, bamboo flooring is not waterproof. So make sure that you avoid constant and prolonged water exposure as it will affect the quality and longevity of your bamboo flooring.